Kia warned its vehicle owners for an urgent recall of two of its popular vehicles because it contains a dangerous engine fire defect. About 58,000 units of both Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and the CK Stinger MY2017-2019 are affected by the harmful engine issue. 

Urgent! Kia Recalls Two Vehicles Over Dangerous Engine Fire Defect: Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and CK Stinger MY2017-2019
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The recall comes after Product Safety Australia discovered that the vehicle engine of the said models has the possibility of bursting into flames, reports. Surprisingly, it happens even if the car is turned off. Hence, the said need to urgently get these vehicles away from the garage of their owners. 

Furthermore, a total of 56,203 units of the Sportage bought in 2016-2021 are affected. On the other hand, the Stinger sold between 2017-2019 saw less owners in Australia, at only 1648, reports. 

How is The Engine Flammable 

Even if the engine of the vehicle is not ignited, one control unit may, stubbornly, be functioning. The said culprit is the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU). It is responsible for multiple systems inside the vehicle, such as the Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control System, and Anti-lock Braking System. The fire could start when moisture enters the HECU. 

Urgent! Kia Recalls Two Vehicles Over Dangerous Engine Fire Defect: Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and CK Stinger MY2017-2019
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The reason for the dangerous defect, ironically, are systems that are supposedly keeping the car more secure. It should help keep the Sportage and Stinger in control when driven. However, due to the issue, it may set said vehicle on fire even when unattended. 

Kia Australia is now calling all of the said car model owners to get in touch with the Kia dealers near them. In addition, the inspection and repair of their vehicles from the flaming engine will be for free. 

The company also advised owners to park the vehicles away from indoor structures and their homes, and more importantly, other flammable substance. 

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Kia and Electric Vehicles 

Kia is under the umbrella of Hyundai Group. Both brands were reportedly eyed to be partners with Apple's slated electric car. However, reports have since been shut down after the Korean carmaker denied that they were in discussion with the Cupertino giant. 

In other related news, Hyundai is also gearing up to manufacture their EVs in Alabama. 

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