Recall 15V015000

Potential Electrical Fire

Recall Details

An electrical resistor is contained in the cooling fan electrical control system. This resistor can overheat and/or melt, increasing the chance of an electrical fire. Dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. Vehicles with a 1,8L engine will also have the engine control module software updated.

Our Quick Take

The electric cooling fan control resistor can overheat and melt, increasing the risk of an electrical fire.

What Should You Do?

Kia will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning February 24, 2015. If you don't receive notification in a timely manner and believe you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Kia recall number is SC113.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, January 16, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 16, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
86,880
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V015000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured December 5, 2012, to April 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt.
Consequence
If the cooling fan resistor overheats and melts, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
Remedy
Kia will notify owners, and for vehicles produced from December 5, 2012 to January 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. For vehicles produced from January 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multi-fuse unit only. Owners of vehicles with a 1.8L engine will also have the engine control unit software updated. The recall is expected to begin February 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC113.
Notify
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 www.safercar.gov.
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