Non-crash Vehicle Fires

Electrical System
Electrical System:12v/24v/48v Battery
Electrical System:12v/24v/48v Battery:Cables
Electrical System:Alternator/Generator/Regulator
Electrical System:Ignition
Electrical System:Ignition:Module
Electrical System:Ignition:Switch
Electrical System:Starter Assembly
Electrical System:Starter Assembly:Relay
Electrical System:Starter Assembly:Solenoid
Electrical System:Wiring
Electrical System:Wiring:Front Underhood
Electrical System:Wiring:Interior/Under Dash
Engine And Engine Cooling
Engine And Engine Cooling:Cooling System
Engine And Engine Cooling:Cooling System:Fan
Engine And Engine Cooling:Cooling System:Hoses/Lines/Piping/Fittings
Engine And Engine Cooling:Cooling System:Radiator Assembly
Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine
Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline
Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline:Belts And Associated Pulleys
Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline:Turbo/Supercharger
Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Other Fuel Types:Turbo/Supercharger
Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System
Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Emission Control
Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Emission Control:Catalytic Convertor
Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Emission Control:Crankcase (Pcv)
Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Emission Control:Gas Recirculation Valve (Egr Valve)
Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe
Exterior Lighting
Exterior Lighting:Back Up Lights
Exterior Lighting:Back Up Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Fog Lights
Exterior Lighting:Fog Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights
Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Hazard Flashing Warning Lights:Unit
Exterior Lighting:Headlights
Exterior Lighting:Headlights:Concealment Devices
Exterior Lighting:Headlights:High/Low Beam Dimmer Switch
Exterior Lighting:Headlights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights
Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal:Flasher Unit
Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal:Switch
Unknown Or Other

During this Preliminary Evaluation (PE), the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) assessed the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of non-crash vehicle fires caused by both engine failures and failures of other vehicle systems/components in model year (MY) 2011-2014 Kia Optima, MY 2011-2014 Kia Sorento and MY 2010-2015 Kia Soul vehicles equipped with Theta II, Gamma, Nu and Lambda II engines (approximately 1.7 million vehicles). ODI also reviewed field and other data on other Kia vehicles (approximately 3.6 million additional vehicles) equipped with the same engines used in the above-mentioned vehicles.As a result of this PE, Kia has issued NHTSA Recalls 20V-750 and 21V-844 to address potential engine failures and fires in certain Kia vehicles equipped with various engine types.Additional information on these and other related recall actions is available in the downloadable version of this resume available at addition, ODI has upgraded this PE to an Engineering Analysis (EA) 21-003 which will focus on potential recall scope concerns and recall remedy concerns related to the engine failure-related recalls mentioned above and conducted previously.See the EA21-003 Opening Resume available at for more information.Also available in the downloadable version of this resume is a list of the reference numbers for the 444 ODI reports, or Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (VOQs), cited above which ODI received through mid-November 2021.Note that the Manufacturer reports cited above are customer complaints received through March 2019.
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Date Opened
MAR 29, 2019
Date Closed
DEC 22, 2021
NHTSA Recall #
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