RECALL ALERT: Kia announces massive recall of over 460,000 Telluride vehicles due to fire risk

Detroit, Michigan – Kia America announced a recall of more than 450,000 Telluride vehicles due to a fire risk associated with the front power-seat motor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed the recall involving 2020-2024 Telluride SUVs. Owners were advised to park their vehicles outside until the issue is resolved to prevent potential fires.

The problem stems from the power-seat slide knob becoming stuck, causing the motor to overheat and potentially ignite. Kia reported one localized underseat fire and six cases of power-seat motor melting. Thankfully, no accidents, injuries, or deaths have occurred as a result of this issue.

Dealers will install a bracket for power-seat switchback covers and replace seat slide knobs at no cost to affected vehicle owners. Notifications will begin on July 30, instructing drivers to take their vehicles to Kia dealers for repairs. Concerns over the safety of the vehicles have sparked increased scrutiny on the auto industry’s recall processes.

This recall comes shortly after Kia recalled over 427,000 Telluride vehicles due to problems with the intermediate shaft and right front driveshaft. NHTSA warned of potential unintended vehicle movement while in park if the parking brake is not engaged due to improper assembly. As the auto industry addresses safety concerns, Kia’s latest recall highlights the importance of proactive measures to prevent hazards for consumers.

As the auto industry continues to face challenges with vehicle safety, Kia’s recall serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing potential hazards promptly. Consumers are encouraged to stay informed about recall notices and contact manufacturers or dealers with any questions or concerns. The ongoing efforts to prioritize consumer safety and enhance automotive quality demonstrate the industry’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of all drivers and passengers.