Kia Recall Alert: Risk of Fire in Nearly Half a Million Telluride SUVs – What You Need to Know

Boulder, Colorado – Kia is recalling around 460,000 Telluride SUVs spanning model years 2020 to 2024 due to a potential fire risk, prompting the recommendation for car owners to park their vehicles outside. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a statement regarding the issue. The recall is attributed to a malfunction in the front power seat motor, where an internal control switch may dislodge upon impact, causing the motor to overheat and operate continuously. Signs of a pending fire include a burning smell and smoke emanating beneath the driver’s seat, according to NHTSA’s safety recall report.

Although there have been no reports of related injuries, accidents, or fatalities, the recall was triggered by a passenger who noticed a burning odor. Kia confirmed six other cases of localized melting related to the power seat motor. The solution involves replacing the slide knob and installing a bracket, with dealers offering this fix at no cost and agreeing to reimburse any repair expenses incurred by car owners.

This incident is not the first time Kia has addressed fire risks in its vehicles. In 2020, both Hyundai and Kia recalled over 600,000 Sorento and Santa Fe SUVs due to brake fluid leaks that could potentially ignite the engine. A separate incident in September 2023 saw the two companies issuing a directive for over 3.3 million vehicles to be parked outside to mitigate the risk of fire from brake fluid leaks, according to reports.

Kia plans to inform affected car owners via mail starting July 30, providing them with the recall number SC316 to check if their vehicle is included in the recall. Those unsure can contact Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 or utilize an online lookup tool available on NHTSA’s website for clarification. Owners are urged to take prompt action to address the issue and ensure their safety.