August 27, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V519000
If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V519
Manufacturer Kia Motors America
Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected 440,370
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2013-2015 Optima and 2014-2015 Sorento vehicles. Brake fluid may leak inside the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), possibly resulting in an electrical short.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HECU for leaking brake fluid and replace the HECU if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 15, 2020. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC197.
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.
|February 2020-May 2020||Kia Motors America, Inc. (KMA) receives electrical failure complaint for 2015 Kia Sorento on February 5, 2020. Dealer identifies Hydraulic Electric Control Unit (HECU) melted. KMA requests and subsequently receives engine wiring harness and HECU for evaluation on May 27, 2020 and identifies localized heat damage to HECU connector and circuit board near connector. KMA sends collected parts to Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) on May 28, 2020 and requests further evaluation.|
|June 2020||KMC and HECU supplier work together to evaluate collected HECU received from KMA. HECU found to be internally damaged and melted possibly due to leaking brake fluid. KMA receives information regarding two (2) incidents involving a 2015 Kia Optima where HECU connector appears melted. KMA begins process of recovering parts for further evaluation.|
|July 2020-August 20, 2020||KMA notified of an alleged fire involving the HECU of a 2015 Kia Sorento and two (2) incidents involving a 2013 Kia Optima. KMA reviews photos and identifies heat damage isolated to area of HECU. No actual vehicle fire. KMA begins process of recovering parts for further evaluation.|
|August 21, 2020||While KMA is still waiting for recovered parts, KMC informed by supplier of HECU that same HECU component supplied to another manufacturer has confirmed thermal damage.|
|August 25, 2020||KMC decides to conduct a recall of certain Kia Optima (QF) and|
Sorento (XMa) vehicles manufactured at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). Six (6) Optima and two (2) Sorento (XMa) alleged fire related customer complaints (i.e. isolated melting). No known crashes or injuries related to this condition.
5 Affected Products
3 Associated Documents
Defect Notice 573 Report
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