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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Kia recalls over 440K vehicles due to risk of engine compartment fire

By Susan Engstrom

Leaking brake fluid may cause the hydraulic electronic control unit to short-circuit.

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling about 440,370 2013-2015 Optima and 2014-2015 Sorento vehicles because brake fluid may leak inside the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU), possibly resulting in an electrical short. If the HECU short-circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire

(NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 20V519, Report receipt date: August 27, 2020).

Remedy. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HECU for leaking brake fluid and replace the HECU if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 15, 2020.

Contact information. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC197. Owners also may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Companies: Kia Motors America

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