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Kia Recalls 71,000 Sorento, Sportage Over a Tow Hitch Component Fire Risk

Kia is recalling around 71,000 Sorento and Sportage SUVs due to a potential fire risk related to an accessory – more specifically, the tow hitch’s wiring harness circuit board.

Recalls regarding potential fire problems are piling up at Hyundai-Kia Group, though they’re not necessarily interrelated. In some cases the cause has been under the hood; other times the issues have been found elsewhere, as with the Palisade (Hyundai) and Telluride (Kia) SUVs recalled last month over a problem with a circuit board in a towing system accessory.

This week Kia is issuing a new recall of 71,000 Sorento and Sportage SUVs to fix a similar problem. While the Palisade and Telluride were recalled due to contaminants and moisture on the circuit board, chloride contamination on the circuit board is causing the problem with the Sorento and Sportage. The contamination occurred during the manufacturing of the vehicles, damaging the boards in the process.

As was the case last month, the problem only affects vehicles equipped with the Tow Hitch Harness Accessory; that component may have been installed at the factory or at a dealer, before or after the sale. The models included in the recall are:

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