SC261 Fuel Tank – 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)

January 25, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V027000

Improperly Molded Fuel Tank May Leak

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V027

Manufacturer Kia America, Inc.


Potential Number of Units Affected 34



Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2022 Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. The fuel tank may have been improperly molded, which can result in a fuel leak.



Deales will inspect and replace the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 22, 2023. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC261.



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


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2022MY Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid
Fuel Tank
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)

June 23, 2022
Kia North America (Kia NA) receives warranty claim involving fuel tank leak in a 2022MY Sorento Plug-In Hybrid vehicle (PHEV).

July 13, 2022
Kia NA receives second warranty claim identifying fuel tank leak in a 2022MY Sorento PHEV.

July 28, 2022 – August 22, 2022
Kia NA receives warranty-returned fuel tank from incident vehicle identified in 6/23/2022 warranty claim from dealer. Kia NA ships part to Kia Corporation (Kia HQ) for further investigation.

August 30, 2022
Kia HQ receives warranty-returned part and begins investigation with supplier.

November 2 – December 12, 2022
Kia NA Safety Office obtains fuel tank from 7/13/2022 warranty claim and ships fuel tank to Kia HQ for further investigation.

December 23, 2022 – January 16, 2023
Kia HQ receives fuel tank from 7/13/2022 warranty claim. Kia HQ and supplier conduct evaluation of both warranty returned parts.

January 17, 2023
Kia HQ informs Kia NA Safety Office of parts investigation results identifying fuel tank leak caused by supplier’s improper molding of fuel tank. Kia NA Safety Office conducts data analysis and finds no additional incidents from field data other than the two (2) warranty claims identified in June and July 2022.

January 19, 2023
Kia NA decides to recall certain 2022MY Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. No fatalities, injuries, crashes or fires.


1 Affected Product




3 Associated Documents

2022MY Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Tank Chronology

RMISC-23V027-0624.pdf 76.987KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V027-3337.pdf 645.175KB



Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V027-8507.PDF 213.704KB



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