Kia ABS Modules Can Short Circuit on Kia recalls

The recall is expected to begin during April 2020.

An electrical short within the ABS Module of  229,000 Kia Sedona and Sorento models can cause an engine compartment fire, even when the vehicle is turned off, increasing the risk of an injury. Affected are 2006-2010 Sedona and 2007-2009 Sorento vehicles. Moisture may enter the Anti-lock Brake (ABS) Module and result in an electrical short.

Kia has known about the problem, but not the cause, since April 2017. KMC will now conduct a recall of Sedona and Sorento vehicles to prevent key OFF engine compartment fires by depowering the HECU when the vehicle is in the ignition key OFF setting. There are two (2) Sedona and five (5) Sorento fire related customer complaints. No known injuries related to this safety defect.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will install a relay in the main junction box to prevent power from being directed to the HECU when the vehicle’s ignition switch is turned off, free of charge as required by U.S. law. The recall is expected to begin 10 April 2020. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC186.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to


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