Kia is again recalling over 283,000 Optima sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years and more than 156,000 Sorento SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years to fix a faulty part that may cause a fire. As with past recalls related to components causing fires, the automaker recommends that owners park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures until the problem can be fixed.
The issue is due to the potential of leaking brake fluid within the antilock brake system (ABS) module, which could lead to a short circuit and cause a fire within the vehicle’s engine compartment, either while driving or parked.
This is the second time these specific vehicles have been recalled, and it’s the latest in a series of fire-related recalls involving Hyundai and Kia cars. According to documentation there were six Optima and two Sorento fire-related customer complaints at the time of the original recall, and there were no fatalities, injuries, or crashes reported. One Kia dealer reported that components melted in an Optima after the original recall was completed.