Kia recalling Forte sedans for cooling-fan problem

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kia Forte Recalled For Cooling Fan Resistors That Can Burn.

Kia Motors is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the United States mainly because a cooling fan resistor could possibly overheat and melt, increasing the threat of a fire, according to documents filed by U.S. auto-safety regulators.

Kia has announced the recall of around 87,000 of its Forte cars from the 2014 model year, after discovering a defective part that could lead to vehicle fires. Confirmation from the automakers suggests that in those Forte models affected, a resistor within the cooling fan can dangerously overheat and in the worst instances melt, or perhaps even trigger a fire.

Dealers will replace the cooling-fan resistor and multifuse unit, and owners of automobiles with a 1.8-liter engine will also have the engine’s handle-unit application updated, the documents mentioned. All 2014 Kia Forte units still unsold across the US are apparently exempt from the recall, though approximately 87,000 vehicles currently on US roads will have to be brought in for repairs. The South Korean automaker reported several incidents of engine fires that could be linked to the resistor, but there had been no reports of accidents or injuries. Owners of affected vehicles are being advised to contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Affected owners will be contacted by Kia ahead of the scheduled February 24 recall commencement, though concerns and questions can in the meantime be directed at 800-333-4542 – Ref: SC113.

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