Kia Recalls Over 460K Telluride SUVs In US Due To Fire Risk From Overheating Seat Motors

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday that Kia is recalling over 460,000 SUVs in the U.S. over concerns that the front power seat motor may overheat and result in a fire while parked or driving.

What Happened: The company is recalling 462,869 Telluride SUVs manufactured between January 9, 2019, and May 29, 2024. The continuous functioning of a seat motor owing to a misaligned seat motor control switch with a stuck seat slide knob can subsequently result in overheating, increasing risks of fire while driving or when parked, the auto safety regulator said.

Kia dealers will enable a physical fix and install a bracket to reinforce the power seat switch back over and replace the seat slide knob with an improved one, the regulator said.

Why It Matters: Customers will not be charged for the fix but until the fix is deployed, the company instructs vehicle owners to park their vehicles outside.

The company is not aware of injuries, crashes, or fatalities owing to the issue. However, there were seven unique incidents including one under-seat fire and six instances of melting of seat tilt motors.

Burning or melting smell, smoke from underneath the seat, or inability to adjust the power seat are warning signs of an issue, the regulator said.

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