Learn About the Kia Sorento Recalls

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Are You Part of the Kia Sorento Recalls?

Are you aware that there are yet more ? The Kia Sorento is one of the top 10 rated midsize crossover SUVs on the market today. However, if you're the owner of a 2014 or 2015 model year Kia Sorento, it may be among the more than 156,000 Sorento crossovers being recalled by Kia Corporation. DoNotPay can help you make the Kia Sorento recall process simple and painless.

What's Behind the Kia Sorento Recalls?

Kia is recalling more than 156,000 Sorento crossover SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to Consumer Reports, the automaker is recalling the vehicles because of a defective part that may cause a fire. This is not the first recall of the Kia Sorento; it was recalled in 2020 for the same problem.

Like with previous recalls related to fire-causing components, the automaker advises owners to park their Sorentos outdoors and away from buildings until the component is replaced. The problem comes from the possibility of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) module leaking brake fluid, leading to a short circuit, and causing a fire within the SUV's engine compartment. A fire can start while either driving or while parked.

In documentation concerning the first round of recalls, there were two fire-related customer complaints involving the Kia Sorento. No crashes, injuries, or fatalities were reported.

Kia Corporation is owned by Hyundai Motor Company, so many Kia vehicles share the same parts as Hyundai vehicles. Thus, some Hyundai models have experienced similar issues due to faulty parts. According to Consumer Reports, dealerships will replace the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) "with a new control unit that has lower amperage ratings, which the automaker says should prevent a short circuit from taking place."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation into Kia vehicles after more than 3,000 reports of fires and a request from the Center for Auto Safety. According to the NHTSA, its investigation only covered those vehicles with the Theta II design, powered by 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter engines. That's according to a 2019 report by CBS News.

It's also worth noting that there is a class-action lawsuit against both Hyundai and Kia related to vehicle fires. Other historical recalls of Kia vehicles involved faulty catalytic converters, leaking oil pans, fuel leaks, and various other engine problems.

How to Check for Kia Sorento Recalls With DoNotPay

DoNotPay is the most straightforward way to check, track, and handle vehicle recalls. Since you input all your information within the DoNotPay app, you know that everything is together in a single place. Let us worry about the difficult aspects of your Kia Sorento recall. Simply follow the following instructions:

Checking for Safety Recalls on Your Vehicle With Our Car Recall Monitor

If you own a vehicle, whether it's used or new, it's crucial to check for recalls. Driving a recalled vehicle can lead to accidents and fatalities. Through our car recall product, you can decrease the risk to your loved ones and yourself by learning of recalls as soon as they're issued.

How our Car Recall Monitor works:

  1. Enter your vehicle information, including the make, model, and year.
  2. We'll automatically check the NHTSA database to see if your vehicle has been involved in any recalls.
  3. We'll generate a report, summarizing all of the recalls, including the recalled date, NHTSA campaign number, required remediation, and more.

Schedule Car Dealership Appointments to Repair Recalled Vehicles

If your vehicle has been recalled, you're entitled to a free repair! Regardless of whether it's a used or new car, you can use the DoNotPay Car Recall Repair product to schedule an appointment at your local car dealership and get your vehicle repaired.

How the Car Recall Repair product works:

  1. Enter your vehicle information, including the make, model, and year.
  2. Tell us about the recall and which part of the vehicle has been impacted.
  3. Enter the car dealership you want to visit or let us contact the closest one near you.
  4. Enter the ideal date(s) and time(s) you want to schedule your appointment for.
  5. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number.

And that's it! DoNotPay will contact your local dealership to request an appointment and ask for your vehicle to be repaired for free.

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How to Check for Kia Sorento Recalls On Your Own

NTSB Recall Notification Email SystemMost consumers use the NTSB's Recall Notification Email System if they're interested in vehicle recall information. Below are the steps for signing up:
  • Visit the NTSB website and navigate to the "Subscriptions" page.
  • From there, enter and confirm your email address below to set up, modify or delete your Recall Notification Email subscription.

You may alternatively use the NTSB's "Search Safety Problems" that includes vehicles, car seats, tires, and other vehicle-related equipment.

Kia’s Safety Recalls PageYou can also use Kia's "Safety Recalls" page. Simply enter your Kia Sorento's VIN located on the dash under the windshield.

Why Is DoNotPay the Best Choice for Tracking Recalls?

With the DoNotPay mobile and web app, you can track numerous recalls from various industries all in one place. Not only that, but we assist you in sending recall requests and in claiming any refunds, repairs, or replacements on your behalf. You should hear back from the manufacturer or carmaker with confirmation, as well as on how the refund or replacement will be issued, or the next steps in getting the item repaired.

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