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2016-21 Kia Sportage, 2017-19 Stinger: More than 57,000 cars recalled

Kia Australia has initiated a massive recall to fix a fire risk in the Stinger and Sportage, related to a faulty ECU.

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The Kia Stinger and Sportage have been recalled to fix a problem with electronic control unit responsible for ABS, stability control, and traction control.

According to Kia, the Hydraulic ECU can remain live when the car is turned off. If moisture enters the H-ECU, it could short circuit.

“If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked,” Kia Australia says in its recall notice.

“A vehicle fire could increase the risk injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and/or damage to property.”

  • A total of 56,203 examples of the Sportage and 1648 examples of the Stinger are included in the recall
  • A VIN list of affected Sportage models is attached here
  • A VIN list of affected Stinger models is attached here
  • The original recall notice is attached here

Kia Australia will contact owners and advise them to organise a free fix with their nearest dealer.

In the meantime, it is advising owners park their vehicles away from flammable or enclosed spaces.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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