I'm a car guy so I'm very familiar with engine malfunctions and even electrical system failures but 6 months ago when KISS-FM bought a new station vehicle I thought... well I'm glad we got a new one because the old station SUV's had issues. A few months later the dashboard on the new Kia lit up like a Christmas tree with warning lights.

Fast forward to today, some of those lights are still on. The surprise is that Kia is now recalling 380,000 vehicles in the U.S. and instructing owners to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine compartment fire. Oh and by the way some of the clues that your Kia may be affected by this issue according to a press release are "Owners could see tire pressure, anti-lock brake or other warning lights on their dashboard before the problem happens. They also might smell a burning or melting odor." If you've been reading along that sounds really familiar doesn't it?

The Korean automaker is recalling certain 2017 through 2021 Sportage SUVs and 2017 through 2019 Cadenza sedans to fix the problem. The company says a short circuit in the hydraulic electronic brake control unit can cause excessive current, increasing the risk of a fire. Owners should also park them away from structures until repairs are made.

According to the documents released this week by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has no reports of crashes, fires or injuries due to the problem.

How do you find out if your vehicle is part of this recall? Owners will be notified starting April 30. The good news is that its a simple fix, all that dealers have to do is replace fuses in the electrical junction box to fix the problem. In the meantime do not park anywhere near the KISS Kia... just in case.

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