Kia will recall certain Sportage vehicles from 2008 and 2009 model years, produced between August 9, 2007 and May 13, 2009. The South Korean manufacturer fears the wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that if the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow in the winter and spring periods, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit. If that happens, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
Starting from November 28 this year, Kia will notify owners of affected vehicles to get their cars to the nearest dealership. Then, dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion and if no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be just replaced. However, if the details are corroded, the dealer will replace the whole HECU assembly and the connector cover. Needless to say, the operations will be done free of charge.
Customers can manually check if their vehicles will be affected from the recall by typing their VIN numbers here.
The Sportage SUV is now in its fourth generation, which was launched in the United States exactly a year ago at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The current model offers a top level of safety according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which gave the model its Top Safety Pick+ award.
We discovered the new Sportage is a fun character from top to bottom, with bold styling and a driving character that’s supposed to make it more fun than its rivals, when we tested the car back in September. Not only that, but the crossover is also much more exciting and youthful than other affordable crossovers – and we totally like that.
Gallery: 2009 Kia Sportage
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured August 9, 2007, to May 13, 2009. The wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit.
If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion, if no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced. If corrosion is present, the dealer will replace the HECU assembly and the connector cover, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2016. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC138.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.