This recall comes just six weeks after Kia announced its 2023 Telluride for the North American market. Kia is conducting a recall of the 2022 Telluride is being recalled for an issue with its digital dashboard. Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling some 2020 Telluride vehicles.
Both Kia and Hyundai share the same suppliers and parts, so both vehicles are included in a nearly 485-car recall. The almost 485 included Kia Sportage SUVs from 2014 to 2016 and the K900 sedans from 2016 to 2018. Data collected by the Center for Auto Safety shows that more than 30 U.S. engine-related and fire-related recalls have been issued against Hyundai and Kia since 2015.
Michael Brooks, the lead attorney at the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, said the Tuesday recall is distinct from engine-failure issues, which have caused the majority of prior recalls for the fires at the Hyundai-Kia. In 2020 alone, Kia issued a 295,000-vehicle recall because of a fire hazard caused by 295 engines. Kia dealers are expected to check engine compartments on the Kia vehicles mentioned by the recalls.
Owners of Kia vehicles subject to the recall should make an appointment at a qualifying Kia dealer to have the issue addressed. As far as the recall is concerned, Kia will first contact all eight owners of Kia SUVs via first-class mail and then request that they take their vehicles to their nearest dealership. Kia owners, buyers, and sellers would all benefit from knowing about recalled vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says owners of the Kia and Hyundai models included in the recalls should go to the NHTSA’s website and type their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their car is included in one of nearly 485 recalls. Completing the check would enable the search and disclosure of digital records for any Kia car, including the vehicle’s history report and defects identified through ongoing safety recall by Kia. As part of this recall, owners wishing to have their Telluride LCD displays repaired can contact Kia Customer Service at 1-800-333-4542.
In November 2020, NHTSA announced that Kia and Hyundai would have to pay $137 million in fines and make safety improvements, as the two Korean carmakers had moved too slowly in reversing over a million vehicles that had engines that could malfunction. First, as early as 2020, The Brake Report noted Kia had recalled about 87,000 Tellurides equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control, as the system failed to activate the linked trailer brake lights when the autobrake was engaged. Then, in 2021, Kia recalled some Tellurides because of an issue with their occupancy classification and detection (OCS/ODS) units. The recall may have resulted in a crash if the trailering vehicle did not recognize that a Kia Telluride and the trailer were slowing due to missing brake light.
While a spare 17-inch tire is required for a 2022 Sorento, while a spare 18-inch tire is required for the Telluride, the one used was the wrong one, although it is unclear which sized tire was installed on the affected vehicles.