May 10, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V331000
An electrical short in the HECU increases the risk of a fire while parked or driving.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V331000
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 previously recalled under recall 20V-519. Brake fluid may leak inside the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), possibly resulting in an electrical short.
Owners are advised to park outside and away from other vehicles and structures until the recall repair is completed.
Dealers will install a new multi-fuse, and inspect the HECU for leaks, replacing the HECU if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 2, 2021. This recall supersedes previous NHTSA recall number 20V-519. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC212.
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.
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)
|October 15-23, 2020||Kia Motors America, Inc. (KMA) notifies customers via first class mail to bring their 2013-2015MY Optima and 2014-2015MY|
Sorento to a Kia dealer to have the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) in their vehicle inspected for leaking brake fluid and, if necessary, replaced with a new one as part of safety recall 20V519.
|November 2020-March 2021||Following notification to customers of safety recall 20V519, Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) begins to consider alternative solutions to enhance the HECU’s protection against significant overcurrent and subsequent shorting that could result in a fire. KMC develops new HECU multi-fuse with a lower amperage rating and conducts duplication testing to confirm effectiveness in mitigating the potential for fire due to an electrical short circuit.|
|April 29, 2021||KMC provides Kia Motors North America (KMNA) the results of its testing and evaluation.|
|May 4, 2021||KMNA decides to conduct a new recall involving the vehicles identified in safety recall 20V519 to notify owners of the enhanced remedy, including owners that previously had the 20V519 recall repair completed.|
Six (6) Optima and two (2) Sorento alleged fire related customer complaints (i.e., isolated melting) and no fatalities, injuries or crashes were previously reported at the time original recall (20V519) was filed. One (1) dealer report of isolated melting in an Optima vehicle following completion of the 20V-519 recall remedy. No fatalities, injuries or crashes in the subject vehicles.
5 Affected Products
3 Associated Documents
Defect Notice 573 Report
Latest Recalls Documents
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1 Associated Investigation
Non-crash Vehicle Fires
NHTSA ID: PE19004
Dated opened: March 29, 2019
In a letter dated June 11, 2018, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to initiate a safety defect investigation into non-collision related fires on model year (MY) 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe vehicles. In a letter dated July 24, 2018, CAS requested that MY 2010-2015 Kia Soul vehicles be added to the petition. CAS stated that there is a higher number of complaints to NHTSA regarding non-crash fires on these vehicles compared to other similar vehicles. The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) had already opened a Recall Query (RQ17-003) on all Kia vehicles equipped with Theta II engines for engine failures that may cause stalling and fires. The query covers most of the petition subject Optima and Sorento vehicles but not any of the subject Soul vehicles.
On August 21, 2018, ODI opened a Defect Petition (DP18-003) to evaluate whether to grant or deny the CAS petition. ODI sent Information Request letters to Kia (September and October 2018) requesting information on all engine and non-engine related fires in the petition Kia vehicles. ODI performed extensive analysis on the information obtained from Kia. During the DP18-003 analysis, Kia initiated three additional safety recalls related to engine compartment fires on certain petitioned and non-petitioned vehicles (nearly 500,000 total vehicles: Recalls 18V-907, 19V-101, and 19V-120). Based on ODI’s review of the applicable materials, including responses to Information Requests sent to multiple manufacturers, Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (VOQ), and Early Warning Data, NHTSA has decided to grant the petition.
The petition is hereby granted. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of alleged defects relating to non-collision vehicle fires in the 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, and 2010-2015 Kia Soul. While prior recalls of vehicles covered by this PE have primarily related to engine fires, NHTSA’s Preliminary Evaluation is not limited to engine components and may cover additional vehicle systems or components as well.
Attached is a list of the reference numbers for the 244 VOQs cited above.
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