Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 36° Cloudy
News >  Business

Kia recalls about 72K SUVs; electric short can cause fires

In this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, file photo, unsold 2008 Kia Sportages sit at a dealership in the west Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo. Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires. The recall, which should begin Nov. 28, 2016, covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009. (David Zalubowski / AP)
In this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, file photo, unsold 2008 Kia Sportages sit at a dealership in the west Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo. Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires. The recall, which should begin Nov. 28, 2016, covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009. (David Zalubowski / AP)

DETROIT – Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires.

The recall covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009.

Kia says in government documents that water containing road salt can get into a braking control computer. That can cause wiring connectors to rust and a circuit board to short, possibly sparking a fire.

The problem was discovered after a 2008 Sportage caught fire while parked in a driveway in April. Government documents say other fires occurred while Kia was investigating. It was unclear if there were any injuries. A message was left seeking comment from Kia.

If dealers find wiring rust, they’ll replace the computer assembly. If there’s no rust, they’ll replace a cover. The recall should begin Nov. 28.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.