Kia Recall: Vehicles Recalled Over Fears they will Burst into Flames

No one wants to hear that their mode of transportation is dangerous especially when it involves the potential to burst into flames while on the road. This is what thousands of Kia owners are dealing with after an urgent Kia recall earlier this week.

SL Sportage, YD Cerato, XM Sorento models sold between 2011 and 2015 are affected by the potentially fatal engine fault which sees these vehicles catching fire or losing power.

If you drive a Kia, here’s what you need to know:

5,069 Kia cars recalled

The engine flaw impacts 5,069 Kia cars in Australia, according to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts. You can check to see if your car is on the list through the VIN list, available at

If you drive a SL Sportage, YD Cerato or XM Sorento, bought between 2011 and 2015, then your car is most likely on the list.

What’s the problem?

The issue is the engine. If the car is continuously operated without inspection, the engine may exhibit abnormal noise and potentially seize. This may cause a sudden loss of motive power and/or a vehicle fire. 

What should consumers do?

We made some inquiries with Kia to determine what the next step is for those driving a potentially dangerous vehicle. Kia will be sending letters to all registered owners in the coming weeks. Check that your address details are up to date with your state motor registration organisation.

Kia will be booking consumers in to have the engine inspected and, if required, replaced, free of charge.

Mazda car recall

The Kia recall comes just one day after Mazda also issued an urgent recall on almost 200,000 cars including Mazda3 BM and BN models and CX-3 DK models which range in years from 2013 to 2020.

In total, the Mazda recall impacts 176,048 cars. You can check the VIN List at 

The issue comes down to the rear-view mirror. Due to a defect, the rear-view camera wiring harness may become damaged and could cause the image to become distorted or flicker.

When parts become available, Mazda will contact affected owners in writing requesting they make an appointment at their preferred Mazda Authorised Dealership to have the work carried out free of charge

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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