After receiving reports of additional engine fires, Kia advises the owners of almost 72,000 older Sportage small SUVs in the U.S. to park them outside and away from buildings.
Sportages from the 2008 and 2009 model years have now been recalled a second time owing to fire risks that may start close to hydraulic engine control devices.
According to documents published on Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fires can start when the engines are running or turned off.
Due to deterioration in a wiring harness close to the engine control unit, the SUVs were recalled in 2016.
Since April 2017, the Korean carmaker claims to have received reports of eight fires and fifteen instances of melting or damage. There were no reported injuries.
Until it determines the source of the fires and creates a solution, the firm advises owners to park outdoors and away from buildings and other vehicles.
Owners will be informed in writing starting on December 22.