WASHINGTON — Kia Motors America is recalling 86,880 2014 Kia Forte sedans because the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, leading to an increased risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Korean automaker told federal safety regulators there are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
There are two reports of fires in the U.S., Kia Motors America said in a document filed with NHTSA. An engine fire in a dealer-owned Forte was reported on February 6, 2014 and a customer reported an engine fire on March 4, 2014.
The affected Fortes were built from December 5, 2012 to April 17, 2014.
Kia dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit for vehicles produced from December 5, 2012 to January 27, 2014.
For Fortes produced from January 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multi-fuse unit only.
Owners of vehicles with a 1.8-liter engine will also have the engine control unit software updated.
The recall is expected to begin on February 24. Owners can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have a concern in the meantime, it's best to get in touch with your dealer.