Kia Recalls Over 70,000 SUVs Due To Sporadic Fire Hazard Again, Tells Owners To Park Away From Homes

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Kia America recalled over 70,000 Sportage models manufactured between 2008-2009 on Wednesday due to concern that the vehicle will sporadically catch fire.

The vehicle’s Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit inside the engine is vulnerable to catching fire, according to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The auto-maker advised owners to not park near their homes, as the threat of the vehicle catching fire persists whether it is running or parked, the press release said.

Individuals who own 2008-2009 Sportages should expect notification letters to be mailed out by the auto-maker around Dec. 22, the press release said. Owners are poised to have their vehicles repaired at local Kia dealerships.

The South Korean auto-maker previously issued a massive recall for 308,000 Sportages built between 2017-2021 for the exact same reason. (RELATED: Two Dead After Plane Crashes Into Car Dealership Parking Lot In Ohio)

Meanwhile, Kia is facing scrutiny due to a TikTok challenge that involves netizens filming themselves using a USB cord to break into the Kia Telluride, The Washington Post reported. The challenge takes advantage of a vulnerable anti-theft protection system in the SUV. (RELATED: Missouri Town’s Car Theft Problem Is So Bad That Police Are Giving Away Steering Wheel Locks)

Four teenagers in Buffalo, New York, lost their lives in a car crash after breaking into a Telluride, WGRZ reported. Police believe the grand theft auto was inspired by the social media challenge. Kia has released a statement mourning the losses of the teens, noting the troublesome TikTok trend.