Kia Recalls SUVs, Vans Due To Electrical Problem That Can Cause Fires

(UNDATED) – Kia is joining its affiliate Hyundai in recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because water can get into a brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly a fire.

The Kia recall covers nearly 229,000 Sedona minivans from the 2006 through 2010 model years. Also covered are Sorento SUVs from 2007 through 2009.

The company says moisture can get into the antilock brake control computer and cause an electrical short and possible fires. Kia has reports of seven fires, but no injuries. Hyundai reported three reports of fires and no related injuries.

The problem can happen even if the engine is turned off.

Kia is telling owners the rate of fires is low but to park their vehicles outside and away from structures and other vehicles until the problem can be fixed.

Dealers will install a relay in the main electrical junction box to stop power from going to the brake computer when the engine is off. The recall is expected to start on April 10.