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RECALL Subject : Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit may Short

Report Receipt Date: NOV 10, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V815000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71,704

Manufacturer: Kia Motors America



SUMMARY:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured August 9, 2007, to May 13, 2009. The wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
REMEDY:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion, if no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced. If corrosion is present, the dealer will replace the HECU assembly and the connector cover, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2016. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC138.
 

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March 10, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V159000
Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist


Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V159000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 135

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Niro vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a damaged Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) connector resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the MDPS motor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC145.
 

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March 16, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V190000
Brake Vacuum Hose may Kink


Reduced braking performance can lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V190000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 47

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Cadenza vehicles. The brake vacuum hose on the affected vehicles may kink, reducing braking performance.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake vacuum hose, replacing it as necessary, free charge. The recall is expected to begin April 17, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC146.
 

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March 31, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V224000
Bearing Wear may result in Engine Seizure


Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V224000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected 618,160

Summary

Kia Motor Company (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 25, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC147.
 

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September 21, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V586000
Improperly Heat Treated Crankshaft May Cause Stall

If the crankshaft fails, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of a crash. A failed crankshaft also increases the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V586000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected 62

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Sorento vehicles equipped with 3.3L engines. The engine crankshaft may have been improperly heat treated and may fail.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the crankshaft, and, as necessary, replace the engine sub assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC153.
 

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September 29, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V608000
Steering Gear May Separate


If the pinion gear separates, steering will be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V608000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 342,381

Summary


Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Soul and Soul EV vehicles. The pinion plug may allow the pinion gear to separate from the steering gear assembly.

Remedy


Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and secure the pinion plug or replace the steering gear assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 16, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC155. Note: This recall supersedes campaigns 14V-332 and 15V-736. Vehicles previously remedied under those numbers are being recalled again under this campaign.
 

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December 1, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V773000
Brake Pedal Stopper may Deteriorate

If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V773000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 134,366

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2014 Forte and Forte Koup vehicles. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will allow the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC158.
 

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December 8, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V784000
Inflator Component may Detach During Deployment

If the component detaches during deployment, it may enter the passenger compartment and be a projectile within the vehicle cabin, increasing the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V784000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,014

Summary


Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2018 Kia Sorento vehicles. The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC159.
 

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March 8, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V161000
Voltage Protection Device may Activate


If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V161000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,710

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Optima hybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device (VPD), designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed Battery Management Systems (BMS) that contain Overvoltage Protection Devices (OPDs), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 3, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC162.
 

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April 20, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V257000
Clutch Actuator Oil Leak may cause Fire


An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V257000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 27,029

Summary


Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Kia Niro vehicles. The Hydraulic Clutch Actuator (HCA) inner oil seal may leak, allowing oil to accumulate in the cap area, possibly resulting in an electrical short.

Remedy


Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HCA caps for leaked oil and replace the HCA assembly if needed, or replace the HCA cap with additional sealant. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC163.
 

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May 23, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V338000
Power Sliding Door may not Auto-Reverse

If the door closes on an occupant, there is an increased risk of an injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V338000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 106,428

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Kia Sedona vehicles equipped with a power sliding door (PSD). The PSD may not auto-reverse when its closing is obstructed.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the PSD module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 18, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC164.
 

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June 1, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V363000
Air Bags/Seat Belt Pretensioners may be Disabled

If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V363000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 507,587

Summary


Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.

Remedy


The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is planned to begin on July 27, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.
 

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September 21, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V656000
Steering Column may Separate


If the steering column separates, it can cause a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V656000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 97

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2018 Kia Sorento vehicles. The cowl crossbar that connects to the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) steering column may be improperly welded, allowing the steering column to separate.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cowl crossbar, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC167.
 

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September 25, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V666000
Electrical Resistance at Main Relay May Cause Fire

The increased electrical resistance can overheat the rear seat which is above the PRA, increasing the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V666000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 27,030

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Niro hybrid electric vehicles. The Main Relay within the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) may have inadequate connections between its contacts, causing increased electrical resistance.

Remedy


Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) for damage. If no damage is found, the main relay will be replaced. If damage is found, the PRA will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 23, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC168.
 

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October 25, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V754000
Wiring Harness may be Damaged by Fender


The damaged wiring harness may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V754000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 16,011

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2018 Kia Stinger vehicles. The front wiring harness located in the engine and passenger compartment may get damaged from contacting a burr on the left fender body panel.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring harness for damage. If no damage is found, a cover will be installed. If damage is found, the wiring harness will be repaired and a cover will be installed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall SC170.
 

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October 31, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V771000
Incorrect Low Beam Aiming/FMVSS 108

If the headlights are not properly aimed, the driver may have reduced visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V771000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,754

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2019 Kia Forte vehicles equipped with LED headlights. The headlights may not have been manufactured with the correct low beam aiming. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the headlight aiming and replace the headlights, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC171.
 

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December 19, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V907000
High Pressure Fuel Pipe May Leak


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

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V907000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE, ENGINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 71,653

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak.

Remedy


Kia has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pipe, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 17, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC172.
 

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February 15, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V101000
Engine Oil Leak May Cause Stall or Fire


A damaged engine can increase the risk of a fire or it can cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V101000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ENGINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 32,296

Summary


Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2012 Kia Sportage vehicles. The engine oil pan may leak and, if not addressed, the loss of oil may result in engine damage.

Remedy

The remedy for this recall is still under development. Kia will notify owners beginning April 10,2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC174.
 

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February 19, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V109000
Occupant Detection System Wire Harness May Break

If a child is in a child seat in the front seat, a broken ODS wiring harness will not prevent the front passenger air bag from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the child.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V109000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 94,389

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Sedona vehicles equipped with manually-adjusted front passenger seats. Over time, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) wiring harness located underneath the front passenger seat may break from the seat being occupied.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the wire harness clip to prevent the wiring harness from breaking. If the harness is found damaged, the front passenger seat cushion will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC175.
 

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February 22, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V120000
Overheated Catalytic Converter May Damage Engine


Piston damage may result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of crash. A broken connecting rod may puncture the engine block allowing engine oil to escape. The leaking oil may contact the exhaust, increasing the risk of a fire.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V120000

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, ENGINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 378,967

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2016 Kia Soul vehicles equipped with 1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)

engines. High exhaust gas temperatures may damage the catalytic converter, possibly resulting in abnormal engine combustion and damage to one or more of the engine's pistons and possible piston connecting rod failure.

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will upgrade the Catalytic Overheating Protection Engine Control Unit logic to prevent overheating of the catalytic converter. In addition, the catalytic converter will also be replaced if it has been damaged. Depending on the extent of any damage, the engine may also be replaced, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC176.
 
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