Kia is recalling approximately 440,000 model-year 2013-15 Optima sedans and 2014-15 Sorento SUVs due to a fire risk. Brake fluid may leak inside the hydraulic electronic control unit, potentially causing an electrical short that could increase the risk of an engine compartment fire while parked or driving.
Kia will begin notifying owners on July 2. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem, dealers will install a new multi-fuse and inspect the hydraulic ECU for leaks, replacing it, as necessary. Owners are advised to park outside and away from other vehicles and structures until the repair is completed.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.