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

In a letter dated June 11, 2018, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to initiate a safety defect investigation into non-collision related fires on model year (MY) 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe vehicles.In a letter dated July 24, 2018, CAS requested that MY 2010-2015 Kia Soul vehicles be added to the petition.CAS stated that there is a higher number of complaints to NHTSA regarding non-crash fires on these vehicles compared to other similar vehicles.The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) had already opened a Recall Query (RQ17-003) on all Kia vehicles equipped with Theta II engines for engine failures that may cause stalling and fires.The query covers most of the petition subject Optima and Sorento vehicles but not any of the subject Soul vehicles.On August 21, 2018, ODI opened a Defect Petition (DP18-003) to evaluate whether to grant or deny the CAS petition.ODI sent Information Request letters to Kia (September and October 2018) requesting information on all engine and non-engine related fires in the petition Kia vehicles.ODI performed extensive analysis on the information obtained from Kia.During the DP18-003 analysis, Kia initiated three additional safety recalls related to engine compartment fires on certain petitioned and non-petitioned vehicles (nearly 500,000 total vehicles: Recalls 18V-907, 19V-101, and 19V-120).Based on ODI-s review of the applicable materials, including responses to Information Requests sent to multiple manufacturers, Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (VOQ), and Early Warning Data, NHTSA has decided to grant the petition.The petition is hereby granted.A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of alleged defects relating to non-collision vehicle fires in the 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, and 2010-2015 Kia Soul. While prior recalls of vehicles covered by this PE have primarily related to engine fires, NHTSA-s Preliminary Evaluation is not limited to engine components and may cover additional vehicle systems or components as well.Attached is a list of the reference numbers for the 244 VOQs cited above.
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Date Opened
MAR 29, 2019
Date Closed
NHTSA Recall #
No recall yet
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