Vehicles Affected: Approximately 72,000 model-year 2008-09 Kia Sportage SUVs manufactured between Aug. 9, 2007, and May 13, 2009
The Problem: The wire harness cover on the hydraulic electronic control unit may be improperly sealed, allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water contains salt, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and short circuit the circuit board, increasing the risk of an engine fire.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion and, if detected, replace the HECU assembly for free. If no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced.
What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Nov. 28. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
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