Kia Motors Corp.

Kia tells Sportage owners to park outside due to fire risk

Kia is telling owners of nearly 72,000 older SUVs in the U.S. to park them outside because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires.

The automaker is making the statement as it recalls Sportage models from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

In documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia says that water containing road salt can get into a braking control computer. That can cause wiring connectors to rust and a circuit board to short, possibly sparking a fire.

The problem was discovered after a 2008 Sportage caught fire while parked in a driveway in April. The documents show that Kia received a total of nine complaints...

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