SC168 – HEV Power Relay Assembly – 2017-2018 Kia Niro

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V666
Manufacturer Kia Motors America
Components HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected 27,030

 

Electrical Resistance at Main Relay May Cause Fire

The increased electrical resistance can overheat the rear seat which is above the PRA, increasing the risk of a fire.

 

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Niro hybrid electric vehicles. The Main Relay within the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) may have inadequate connections between its contacts, causing increased electrical resistance.

 

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) for damage. If no damage is found, the main relay will be replaced. If damage is found, the PRA will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 23, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC168.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

Check if your Kia has a Recall

 


2017-2018 MY Niro HEV Power Relay Assembly Chronology
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RMISC-18V666-6369.pdf

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Recall Acknowledgement

October 5, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCAK-18V666-8898.pdf

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