2008 Kia SportageKia has issued a recall of about 70,000 2008-2009 Sportage SUVs at risk of engine fire. The company is asking owners to park their cars outdoors until the recall repairs are completed.

Kia is still investigating the cause of the fires. But the company is telling federal regulators that fires appear to be occurring near the hydraulic motor’s control unit and can start whether the vehicle is on or off.

For many of these compounds, this is the second recall to address this issue. Kia tells the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that some fires started “after replacing the HECU connector housing under the Recall 16V815.”

Kia says it is not aware of any deaths or injuries due to the problem. Owners may notice an ABS warning light flashing before a fire breaks out.

Since Kia has not finished determining the cause of the fires, it has not explained how dealers will work to fix the problem. Once Kia has instructed its dealers on how to fix the problem, repair is free – return repairs are always.

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