Kia Sorento and Sportage recalled for fire-prone hitch wiring
Faulty tow hitches remain a thorn in the side of Hyundai and Kia. Simple weeks after the announcement of the two brands reminders about some 280,000 palisades and tellurides due to an accessory-related fire hazard, the Korean automaker had to add an additional 70,000 Kia Sorentos and Sportages to the list.
The culprit is the same. The optional tow hitch is improperly sealed against the elements, allowing moisture to seep in on the harness module circuit board. This could cause a short circuit – explaining how a hitchof all things, can start a fire in a vehicle.
Addendum to recall now covers Sorento model years 2016 until 2023, including hybrid and plug-in variants, depending on National Highway Safety Administration. 2017 to 2022 Sports are also concerned. Kia dealerships no longer sell the accessory coupling for the time being, and return all unsold parts to the manufacturer’s headquarters.
Owners should be notified by mid-November, although you don’t have to wait that long for confirmation that your Sportage or Sorento is on the list. If you are unsure, just use the NHTSA VIN Lookup Tool.
Hopefully Kia will have a better share to trade by the time letters are sent to affected owners. Until then, the company recommends hitch-equipped SUVs park their vehicles outside and away from buildings. Three Tellurides have already caught fire in Canada because of this exact problem, according to Carscoops – so that is not a problem to take lightly. No matter what car you drive, click here to learn how to check for open recalls on your vehicle.