SC142 - Trailer Brakes May Stay Illuminated - 2016-2017 Kia Sorento & 2017 Sportage

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V862
Manufacturer Kia Motors America
Potential Number of Units Affected 10,212


Trailer Brakes May Stay Illuminated/FMVSS 108

If the trailer brake lights stay illuminated while being used, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.



Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Sorento vehicles manufactured October 27, 2014, to August 25, 2016, and 2017 Sportage vehicles manufactured December 10, 2015, to August 26, 2016.

The affected vehicles are equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness that, due to a malfunction of the tow hitch module, may result in the trailer brake lights being constantly illuminated.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, " Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."


SC138 - Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit may Short - 2008-2009 Kia Sportage

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V815
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71,704

Manufacturer: Kia Motors America



Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured August 9, 2007, to May 13, 2009.

The wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board.

If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit.


SC140 - Inadequately Welded Driver Seatback Frame - 2016 Kia Sorento

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V770
Component(s): SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,408

Manufacturer: Kia Motors America



Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured March 3, 2016 to March 21, 2016.

The driver's seatback frame may have been produced with inadequate weld joints and, as a result, the seatback may not function as designed in the event of a rear-end collision.


Front Strut Bearing Replacement - 2011-2013 Kia Sorento






This bulletin provides the procedure for replacing the front strut bearings on some 2011-2013MY Sorento (XM) vehicles, produced from October 26, 2009 through January 21, 2013, which may exhibit a creaking noise emanating from the front of the vehicle when turning the wheel, quickly, at slow speeds. This concern may be caused by corrosion of the front strut bearing due to water or debris entry and is more commonly found in regions where heavy amounts of road salt are used for de-icing in the winter months. Follow the procedure outlined in this bulletin to replace both front strut bearings to resolve the