Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 model-year 2017-19 Cadenza sedans and model-year 2017-21 Sportage SUVs that are not equipped with Kia’s Smart Cruise Control adaptive cruise control system due to a fire risk. The electrical circuit in the hydraulic electronic control unit may short-circuit and cause an engine fire,  increasing the risk of injury.

Kia will begin notifying owners on April 30. 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 issue, dealers will replace certain fuses in the electrical junction box. Vehicles equipped with an electronic parking brake will also receive a control unit software update. Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures as a precaution until the repair is complete.

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.