Kia recalls SUVs again for risk of engine fire, owners urged to park outside

FILE-Image of a 2009 Kia Sportage XS. Artist Unknown. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Kia is telling owners of nearly 72,000 older Sportage small SUVs in the U.S. to park them outdoors and away from structures after getting reports of more engine fires.

It's the second time that Sportages from the 2008 and 2009 model years have been recalled due to fire risks that apparently can start near a hydraulic engine control device.

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Documents posted Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say fires can start while the engines are running or when they're turned off.

The SUVs were recalled in 2016 due to corrosion in a wiring harness near the engine control unit.

The Korean automaker says it has reports of eight fires and 15 cases of melting or damage since April of 2017. No injuries were reported.

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The company says owners should park outside and away from structures and other vehicles until it figures out the cause of the fires and develops a remedy.

According to the NHTSA, car owners can visit and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall. Owners can also download NHTSA’s SaferCar app and enter their vehicle information, and the app will push a notification if a recall is issued.