Kia Recalls 87,000 Fortes Over Cooling Fan Resistor

Jan 27, 2015 09:00 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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Kia Motors is calling back some 87,000 Kia Forte vehicles made December 5, 2012 to April 17, 2014. The cooling fan resistor in affected Fortes could overheat and melt, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the cooling fan resistor does overheat and melt, there is a good chance the vehicle will catch on fire.

The automaker has said it will notify all owners of vehicles made from Dec. 5, 2012 through Jan. 27, 2014 to schedule an appointment with dealers to get the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit replaced.

Owners of vehicles manufactured from Jan. 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014, will be notified when to schedule an appointment with a local dealer to have the multi-fuse unit only replaced. All owners of these vehicles with a 1.8L engine will have to get the engine control unit software updated as well.

The Korean automaker told safety regulators that there are no injuries or accidents linked to the recall yet.

Kia said the recall is expected to begin on February 24, 2015, according to NHTSA. Owners are advised to wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment.

It wouldn't hurt to call your dealer now though just to touch base however and to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on the recall. If you notice a problem with your call do not hesitate to call.

Kia Motors filed two documents with the NHTSA over fires in the U.S. An engine fire in a dealer-owned Forte was reported in February 2014, and a customer reported an engine fire in March 2014.

Owners with more questions can contact Kia at their customer service line by calling 1-800-333-4542.

The recall number is SC113.

The NHTSA is also available to answer any questions by calling 1-888-327-4236. 

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