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Kia Recalls Nearly 463,000 Telluride SUVs Over Fire Hazard

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(WDNews) – Kia America is recalling almost 463,000 Telluride SUVs from model years 2020-2024 due to a potential fire hazard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the issue stems from the front power seat motor, which may overheat because of a stuck slide knob. This defect could lead to a fire while the vehicle is parked or in use.

Kia decided to issue the recall on May 29, following reports of one under-seat fire and six instances of localized melting in the seat tilt motor between August 2022 and March 2024. Fortunately, no injuries, crashes, or fatalities have been linked to this problem.

The recall documents explain that a strong external impact to the front power seat side cover or seat slide knob can misalign the internal mechanism, leading to continuous operation and potential overheating. Owners might notice they cannot adjust their power seat, detect a burning or melting smell, or see smoke coming from beneath the seat.

To address this, Kia dealers will install a bracket for the power seat switch back covers and replace the seat slide knobs at no cost to owners. Until the repairs are completed, Kia urges owners to park their Tellurides outside and away from structures.

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