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Kia recalls SUVs again for risk of engine fire, tells owners to park outside

Owners are strongly urged to park the recalled Kia vehicles outside and away from structures until they are repaired.

DETROIT — Kia is telling owners of nearly 72,000 older Sportage small SUVs in the U.S. to park them outdoors and away from structures after getting reports of more engine fires.

It's the second time that Sportages from the 2008 and 2009 model years have been recalled due to fire risks that apparently can start near a hydraulic engine control device.

Documents posted Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say fires can start while the engines are running or when they're turned off.

The SUVs were recalled in 2016 due to corrosion in a wiring harness near the engine control unit.

The Korean automaker says it has reports of eight fires and 15 cases of melting or damage since April of 2017. No injuries were reported.

The company says owners should park outside and away from structures and other vehicles until it figures out the cause of the fires and develops a remedy.

Owners will be notified by letter starting Dec. 22.

In a separate recall back in August, Hyundai and Kia told owners of some of their large SUVs to park them outdoors and away from buildings after a series of fires involving trailer hitch wiring.

The recall covered more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisade and over 36,000 Kia Telluride SUVs from the 2020 through 2022 model years.

Hyundai and Kia aren't the only car brands that have been affected by recalls over fire hazards. Earlier this year, Ford had to recall about 139,000 SUVs because the engines of those cars could potentially catch on fire, even when the ignition was turned off. 

That issue was caused by a printed circuit board that was susceptible to a short. 

Similar to the new recall, Ford also told customers to park their cars outside until they could get a replacement. 

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