Certain Kia Sportage SUVs manufactured between January 12, 2022, through August 8, 2022, may experience an electrical surge that could stall the engine and result in a vehicle fire.
Kia became aware of the problem in May 2022 when they received their first customer complaint of a no-start condition in a 2023 Sportage. An inspection of the vehicle found a loose alternator cable with thermal damage to the alternator, the wire harness, and the intake manifold. The affected parts were collected and sent for further inspection. In August, Kia received a second alternator collected from another incident that had localized melting around a broken alternator battery positive (B+) terminal due to electrical arcing. After inspection of the collected parts and a review of vehicle production records, Kia decided to initiate a recall.
According to the defect report, the alternator battery positive (B+) terminal nut may not have been properly torqued by the supplier during assembly. If the terminal nut is not properly torqued, it can loosen over time and may result in an engine stall. In the worst case, arching at the positive terminal could result in a vehicle fire. Drivers may be alerted of a problem through an illuminated Charging System Warning Light.
Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealers to have the alternator battery positive terminal nut inspected and tightened as necessary. Kia’s number for this recall is SC248 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-651.
Earlier this month Kia issued a recall that included certain Kia Sportage vehicles that could catch fire. In this recall (22V-703) the car tow hitch harness could catch fire even when the car is parked. As part of the vehicle recall owners are asked not to park indoors or near structures.
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