Kia Sportage owners advised not to park in garages due to fire hazard

Kia Sportage owners advised not to park in garages due to fire hazard

The number of Kia vehicles that can catch fire due to a faulty braking system – even when parked – has risen and now includes more than 12,000 examples of the Sportage SUV.


Kia Australia has warned owners of his 2007-2009 and 2014-2015 Sportage SUV not to park in their garages or near flammable structures 12,581 More cars have been added to the growing list of vehicles affected by a faulty anti-lock braking system, which can start a fire – even when the car is parked and the engine off.

The recall affects 12,581 Kia Sportages built in two generations, 2007-2009 and 2014-2015.

The recall notifications for the 2007-2009 and 2014-2015 Kia Sportage Generations, filing with the Ministry of Infrastructure, says: “Due to a manufacturing defect, the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) – responsible for the anti-lock braking system, the electronic stability control system and the traction control system – can cause a short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture.



“Even if the vehicle is parked, this could lead to a fire in the engine compartment.

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



Recall notification date January 19, 2023
Do kia
model sports age
Year 2007-2009, 2014-2015
vehicles affected 531 (2007-2009)
12,050 (2014–2015)
VIN list Click here to download the list of affected Kia Sportage VINs from 2007-2009
Click here to download the list of affected Kia Sportage VINs from 2014-2015
contact link Click here to contact the manufacturer

Kia Australia has advised owners of affected Sportages not to park their cars near flammable structures or in an enclosed area such as a garage.



As reported by driveNearly 200,000 cars built by Kia and Hyundai between 2014 and 2019 face a class action lawsuit in Victoria’s Supreme Court over faulty brake technology.

While the class action lawsuit includes the Kia Sportage, only examples built between 2016 and 2019 and purchased before September 26, 2022 are eligible to register with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

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