Fire Risk Prompts Kia Niro Hybrid and PHEV Recall
The Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are being recalled for an issue that could cause fires in the engine compartment. A total of 121,411 vehicles are involved in the recall, which relates to the printed circuit board in the hydraulic clutch actuator.
Niro Hybrid from 2017 through 2022 and PHEV models from 2018 through 2022 are involved. Recall documentation states that the circuit board could become contaminated with fluid, which could cause a short and lead to a fire. In some cases, the hybrid warning light may illuminate, but it’s unclear if the vehicles exhibit other warning signs during the failure.
Dealers will inspect the hydraulic clutch actuator and replace it, along with the fuse, if the defect is present. Owners will be notified by September 29 and can call Kia’s customer service line with any questions. This is the first recall for the Niro from these model years, but Kia was one of the most recalled automakers in 2022, with a whopping 1,458,962 units involved in recall actions. Kia’s corporate sibling, Hyundai, wasn’t far behind, recalling 1,452,101 vehicles last year.
Kia recently overhauled the Niro, bringing it into its second generation for the 2023 model year. The SUV is fully electrified, with hybrid, PHEV, and EV configurations.
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