— Kia is recalling more than 27,000 Niro hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) at risk of fires caused by leaking oil from the hydraulic clutch actuators.
Kia says the oil can accumulate in the cap area and cause an electrical short, leading to an increased risk of fire.
Engineers determined burrs in the clutch actuators are what damages the oil seals and allows the oil to leak. The only warning a driver would see is an illuminated HEV warning light.
The recalled Niro SUVs were built from November 1, 2016, to September 11, 2017.
The 2017 Kia Niro recall is expected to begin June 15, 2018. Dealers will inspect the hydraulic clutch actuator phase caps for leaking oil and contamination and replace the actuator assemblies if needed.
Kia dealers will install new phase caps and sealant if no leaking oil is present.
Owners may contact Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and refer to recall number SC163.