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Kia Stinger Recalled Over Fire Risk

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 11/6/2018 Keith Barry
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Kia is recalling 16,011 of its 2018 Stinger hatchbacks because faulty wiring could lead to a fire.

Wires in the engine and passenger compartment can get damaged if they rub against a rough patch of the vehicle’s left fender, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That could lead to a short circuit, which could lead to a fire, NHTSA says.

Kia says it is aware of one fire that happened earlier this year that damaged an adjacent structure and vehicle. The automaker says no one was injured. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 16,011 2018 Kia Stinger hatchbacks.

The problem: The protective insulation surrounding a bundle of wires inside the vehicle may get damaged after contacting a rough edge on the left fender body panel. This could lead to a short circuit or a fire.

The fix: Kia dealers will inspect the wires. If damage is found, they will replace them. Otherwise, they will install a cover to keep them from contacting the fender. All work will be done at no charge to the owner.

How to contact the manufacturer: Kia says the recall is expected to start Dec. 20, 2018. Owners may also contact Kia directly at 800-333-4542.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V754. Kia’s number for this recall is SC170.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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