Vehicles recalled: 372,251 Kia Sportage SUVs from the 2017 through 2021 model years, and 7,680 Kia Cadenza sedans from the 2017 through 2019 model years.
The problem: An electrical short circuit within the HECU may short circuit, which could lead to a fire. The cause of this short circuit is unknown, according to Kia.
The fix: Kia dealerships will replace specific fuses in the vehicle’s electrical junction box that will prevent a short circuit in the HECU. These fuses will have a lower amperage than the ones they replace. Certain vehicles will also require a software update.
How to contact the manufacturer: Kia will contact owners of affected vehicles starting in late April. Owners may also contact Kia at 800-333-4542.
NHTSA campaign number: 21V137. Kia’s own number for this recall is SC206.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.
If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.