Kia Issues Auto Recall Over Fire Hazard

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to stay busy as 2015 promises to be yet another big year for auto recalls.

The latest reports coming from the federal agency indicate that thousands of vehicles sold nationwide are being recalled. The campaign involves vehicles that may have been impacted by a fire risk. Since the hazard could translate into a serious accident, Kia decided to act immediately to ensure the issue is addressed.

According to the reports, the company says the impacted 86,880 vehicles were sold as 2014 Forte vehicles. These sedans were equipped with a fan resistors that a re part of the cooling fans that may overheat. If that occurs while the vehicle is in use, the part may end up melting. If the internal parts of these cars overheat and melt, the car may end up being engulfed in flames. To prevent a possible accident that could expose all occupants to personal injury hazards stemming from the fire, consumers are being urged to respond promptly.

Kia’s Auto Recall Issued After Incidents

According to the automaker, the auto recall campaign was launched promptly after the firm learned that at least two incidents involving the vehicles  had been reported. While no serious injuries were registered in connection with the complaints, at least one car ended up being engulfed in flames. Another complaint was associated with the piece overheating and smoke coming from the engine.

While this is not the first recall of the year, it appears to indicate 2015 is shaping up to be a tough one on auto recalls.

Consumers who are being contacted by the automaker are being asked to schedule a visit to the closest dealership as soon as the company begins contacting them directly. Once the vehicle is inspected and the issues are identified, the automaker will have the multi-fuse unit inside the cooling fan replaced. The resistor should also be replaced in order to avoid accidents. The vehicles’ 1.8-litre engine should undergo a software update.

The company hasn’t reported any accident that led to injuries linked to this recall, but if you were affected, you’re urged to report your accident to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as soon as possible.

According to federal agents, the number of auto recalls will increase in 2014. A series of ongoing investigations into equipment failures could soon push companies to issue more recalls so stay tuned.

For more details on this particular recall, follow this link.


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