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Kia America Recalls Over 450,000 Telluride SUVs Over Fire Hazards



Kia America is recalling certain 2020–2024 Kia Telluride SUVs because the front seat power motor can overheat and cause a fire when parked or while driving. Owners are advised to park outside, away from structures, until the recall repair is complete. The action covers 462,869 SUVs.

In March 2024, the related 2020–2022 Hyundai Palisade SUVs and some 2020–2022 Kia Telluride SUVs were recalled because of a fire risk with a faulty trailer hitch wiring harness. That problem resulted in at least 25 incidents of fire and melting. Like this new, unrelated recall, owners were directed to park outside and away from structures.  Owners are urged to take both recalls seriously and to have the free repairs performed as soon as possible.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue originates with the power seat control switch. If an external impact hits the front seat cover or slide knob with sufficient force, the switch may become misaligned, leading to the continual operation of the seat motor. In turn, the motor may overheat, increasing the likelihood of a fire.

The remedy is the installation of a bracket to reinforce the power seat switch back cover and replace the seat slide knob with an improved one.

Kia will reimburse owners for repair expenses for work performed prior to the recall. The automaker reports that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition.  Owners will be notified by mail in late July 2024.

This isn’t the only recall impacting Kia Telluride owners. In March, Kia America said it would be recalling more than 427,000 of 2020–2024 Telluride SUVs due to a defect that may cause the cars to roll away while they’re parked. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. EH