SC258 Electric Power Control Unit – 2020 Kia Niro EV

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December 6, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V899000

Coolant Leak in EPCU may Cause Loss of Drive Power

Coolant contacting the EPCU circuit board may cause a loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V899

Manufacturer Kia America, Inc.

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 872

 

Summary

Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2020 Niro EV vehicles. The Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU) may have been improperly sealed and may leak coolant internally.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect and replace the EPCU as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed March 9, 2023. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC258.

 

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.nhtsa.gov.

 

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2020 MY NIRO EV VEHICLES
ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL UNIT (EPCU) – SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN (SC258)
Q & A – FOLLOW-UP NOTICE
March 7, 2023

Q1. What type of campaign is Kia conducting?

A1. Kia America, Inc., pursuant to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, is conducting a Safety Recall Campaign to address a condition involving the Electronic Power Control Unit (EPCU).

 

Q2. What vehicles are affected by the recall?

A2. Certain 2020 MY Niro EV vehicles manufactured from June 18, 2020 to September 4, 2020.

 

Q3. How many customer vehicles are affected by this recall?

A3. Approximately 872 vehicles.

 

Q4. What is the concern with the Electronic Power Control Unit?

A4. The Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU) assembly in the subject vehicles may have been produced by the supplier with improper sealing. Due to this improper sealing, coolant can internally leak in the EPCU and contact the EPCU circuit board. If coolant contacts the EPCU circuit board, the vehicle may stall while driving. A vehicle stall increases the risk of crash.

 

Q5. Can you describe the recall campaign and fix?

A5. Dealers will inspect the Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU) for internal coolant leakage. If coolant leakage is identified, the EPCU will be replaced with an improved one.

 

Q6. How will owners of the affected vehicles be notified?

A6. Kia will send a follow-up letter notifying owners of the affected vehicles by first class mail on March 9, 2023.

 

Q7. What should vehicle owners do when they receive the notification?

A7. Upon receipt of the follow-up letter, owners are to contact their authorized Kia dealer to arrange to have the recall performed on their vehicle. If an internal coolant leak within the EPCU is detected, owners may experience the illumination of the “Check Electric Vehicle System” warning light. If this occurs, owners are instructed to pull over to a safe location, turn OFF the engine, and contact Kia Roadside Assistance at 1-800-333-4542.

 

Q8. Where were these vehicles produced?

A8. The affected vehicles were produced at a Kia assembly plant in Korea.

 

Q9. Will this cost vehicle owners any money?

A9. No. Kia will perform the recall repair free of charge at no cost to the customer.

 

Q10. What about customers who may have already paid to have this situation corrected?

A10. If the customer has incurred expense to remedy this issue prior to the date of this notice, the customer may have the opportunity to obtain reimbursement for that expense. Customers may submit their receipts online to Kia via the Owners section (Contact Kia) of www.kia.com OR mail their documentation with the completed Request for Reimbursement Form included with this letter directly to Kia for review and consideration at the following address:

Kia Customer Care Center
Kia America, Inc.
P.O. Box 52410
Irvine, CA 92619-2410
1-800-333-4542

 

Q11. Are there any restrictions on an owner’s eligibility?

A11. No.

 

Q12. If a customer has an immediate question, where can they get further information?

A12. The customer can contact their local authorized Kia dealership or call Kia’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-333-4KIA (4542), Monday through Friday, 5 AM to 6 PM Pacific Time, or via the internet at www.kia.com (Owner’s Section).

 


SC258 (Rev 1, 03/14/2023)

EPCU LEAK INSPECTION & REPLACEMENT (SC258)

This bulletin provides information to inspect and, if necessary, replace the Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU) assembly on certain 2020MY Niro EV (DE EV) vehicles produced from June 18, 2020 through September 4, 2020. The EPCU assembly in the subject vehicles may have been produced with improper sealing. Due to this improper sealing, coolant can internally leak in the EPCU and contact the EPCU circuit board. If coolant contacts the EPCU circuit board, the vehicle may stall while driving. A vehicle stall increases the risk of crash. Follow the procedure outlined in this publication to inspect the EPCU for an internal coolant leak and, if needed, replace the EPCU assembly. Before conducting the procedure, verify that the vehicle is included in the list of affected VINs.

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2020MY Kia Niro EV
Electric Power Control Unit
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)

 

November 4, 2022

Kia Corporation (Kia HQ) provides information to Kia North America (Kia NA) Safety Office regarding potential internal coolant leak issue in EPCU for 2020MY Kia Niro EV vehicles in European market. Kia HQ identifies 2020MY Niro EV vehicles sold in the U.S. may have similar issue.

 

November 7, 2022

Kia NA Safety Office meets with Kia HQ to further discuss the information received regarding EPCU internal coolant leak issue.

 

November 8-18, 2022

Kia NA Safety Office conducts field data analysis of 2020MY Kia Niro EV vehicles and identifies seven (7) warranty claims involving complaints of stall/loss of motive power and EPCU replacement due to internal coolant leak (dates of receipt 4/23/21—6/14/22).
Kia HQ works with supplier to determine potential vehicle scope.

 

November 23, 2022

Kia HQ provides VIN information regarding potential vehicle scope to Kia NA Safety Office.

 

November 29, 2022

Kia NA decides to recall certain 2020MY Kia Niro EV vehicles. No fatalities, injuries, crashes or fires.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
KIA NIRO EV 2020

 


15 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V899-2341.pdf 645.22KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V899-6222.PDF 213.554KB

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2020MY Niro EV Electric Power Control Unit Chronology

RMISC-22V899-9233.pdf 75.672KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V899-4143.pdf 107.094KB

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2020 MY NIRO EV VEHICLES ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL UNIT (EPCU) – SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN (SC258) Q & A – INTERIM NOTICE, January 26, 2023

RMISC-22V899-5595.pdf 112.08KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V899-8530.pdf 83KB

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ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-22V899-3598.pdf 179.155KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V899-9891.pdf 1270.477KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V899-2940.pdf 106.71KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V899-1169.pdf 82.553KB

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2020 MY NIRO EV VEHICLES ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL UNIT (EPCU) – SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN (SC258) Q & A – FOLLOW-UP NOTICE March 7, 2023

RMISC-22V899-6229.pdf 111.241KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577) – FOLLOW-UP NOTICE

RCONL-22V899-1622.pdf 238.621KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V899-3776.pdf 1271.746KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22V899-9534.PDF 211.145KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2023-2

RCLQRT-22V899-7053.PDF 211.245KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V899&docType=RCL

 


 

Kia Reprogramming

Kia J2534 Diagnostics & Reprogramming

 

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What is J2534?

A single set of programming hardware consists of personal computer(PC), standard interface to a device driver and an interface hardware that connects between PC and a programmable ECU of vehicle.

The main purpose of this regulation is to program ECUs for all vehicles using a single set in the field.

 

Device Manufacturers API DLL Firmware
CarDAQ Plus SC258 Electric Power Control Unit - 2020 Kia Niro EV | small light Drew Technologies Inc. 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
ES6510 Vetronix Corporation 4.04 12.00 12.00
Sun PassThru Pro Snap-on Diagnostics 4.04 02.07u 02.07u
PassThru+ XS I+ME Actia GmbH 4.04 02.07u 02.07u
OTTOTEST-VCI OTTO 4.04 1.04 1.34
iFlash Blue Streak 4.04 1.04 1.34
PASS THRU PRO II Snap-on Diagnostics 4.04 1.9.24 1.9.24
AEZ Flasher AE Tools 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
VSI-2534 Dearborn Tech 4.04 2.05.26 2.05.26
Flasher Pro Bosch 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
Flash2 Cardone 4.04 2.06.28.2 2.06.28.2
PX3 Dearborn Tech 4.04 1.00.09 1.00.09
CARDAQ-M SC258 Electric Power Control Unit - 2020 Kia Niro EV | small light Drew Technologies Inc. 4.04 1.0.106 1.0.106
Universal Reprogrammer II EASE Diagnostics 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
G-Scan2 SC258 Electric Power Control Unit - 2020 Kia Niro EV | small light GIT 4.04 3.1 9.03

* API, DLL and Firmware version may be controlled by the device manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer if you are unable to find the version listed above All devices were tested/verified on all Hyundai engine management systems.

 

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