Kia recalls more than 200K vehicles over electrical fire concerns

Recall alert: Kia recalls more than 200K vehicles, cites electrical fire concerns

Kia is recalling nearly 229,000 minivans and SUVs over concerns an electrical issue with the brake system could cause fires.

The recall affects 2006 through 2010 model year Sedona minivans and Sorento SUVs from 2007 and 2009.

According to Consumer Reports, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released documents Thursday in which the South Korean auto manufacturer states moisture can infiltrate the antilock brake control computer, creating an electrical short and potentially spark a fire.

Because the problem can occur even when a vehicle’s engine is turned off, Kia is urging drivers of the affected vehicles to park them outdoors – away from structures and other vehicles – until they are serviced.

To date, the company has fielded reports of seven fires but no injuries.

Specifically, the recalls affect 140,466 Sedona minivans and 88,383 Sorento SUVs, and Kia will notify affected owners via first-class mail with instructions to begin bringing them to Kia dealerships for servicing beginning April 10.

Vehicle owners can contact Kia customer service at 800-333-4542, using the recall reference number SC186.

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