Kia Calls Back 2011 Sorento Models: Fire Risk Alert!

If you’re cruising in a 2011 Kia Sorento, buckle up for some news. Kia has rolled out a recall for around 80,000 units of the 2011 Sorento, and it’s not for a routine checkup. Nope, it’s due to a potential engine fire hazard that has the carmaker taking action.

Behind the Recall Curtain: What’s Happening?

The recall, tagged with the number 23V-877 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), involves 79,812 Sorentos. Kia believes that roughly 1% of these could be ticking time bombs for engine fires. Manufactured between October 24, 2009, and June 24, 2011, at Kia’s Georgia plant, these specific Sorentos are equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and lack the knock sensor detection system software.

Now, what’s the fire risk, you ask? Well, Kia is a bit vague about it, stating that an engine compartment fire might happen for various reasons while driving, and the cause can be hard to trace. But they’re not taking any chances. Kia’s recalling to “mitigate an unreasonable fire risk due to potential engine damage.” Signs of a potential fire include strange noises, a burning smell, or smoke. Keep an eye out for that “check engine” light too, as it might just be trying to tell you something important.

What’s Kia Doing About It?

If you own one of these Sorentos, Kia strongly suggests making a pit stop at your local authorized dealership. Let a skilled technician inspect your engine, and if needed, replace it. As a bonus, dealers will install knock sensor detection system software as a preventive measure. Cars that get this software upgrade will enjoy an extended engine warranty plan for 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. And hey, if you’ve already paid to fix this problem, you can ask Kia for a refund.

Kia plans to send out notifications by mail starting February 9, 2024, so keep an eye on your mailbox. Stay safe out there!