2014 Kia Forte Recalled for Fire RiskJanuary 26, 2015 — Kia Motors has issued a recall for about 86,880 of the 2014 model-year Kia Forte due to a potential fire hazard under the hood.

The problem has been traced to a cooling fan resistor in vehicles equipped with 1.8L and 2.0L engines. Under certain circumstances, the cooling fan resistor can melt and start a fire. Some vehicles may also have an engine control unit software glitch.

No injuries or deaths have been linked to the problem, but several consumers have reported incidents in which the vehicles smoked or caught on fire.

One report details a 2014 Forte that was “engulfed in flames” as the owner was warming it up. When the fire department investigated, they said a component shorted out in the engine compartment.

Another incident in September 2014 describes smoke pouring out of the engine compartment while the vehicle was being driven. As soon as the owner pulled the car over to the side of the road, flames came out from under the hood. The fire department put out the blaze, but the car was a total loss.

Kia is offering customers a free repair. According to the recall notice:

“Owners of vehicles produced from December 5, 2012 to January 27, 2014 will have the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit replaced. Owners of vehicles produced from January 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014 will have only the multi-fuse unit replaced. Owners of vehicles with the 1.8L engine will further have the engine control unit software updated.”

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