Kia Recalls Over 460,000 SUV Telluride Due to Fire Risk

Kia has issued a recall for more than 460,000 Telluride SUVs in the United States on Friday, June 7. The reason behind the recall is a faulty front passenger seat control button that could potentially cause a fire.

The recall affects Kia Telluride SUVs sold in the US between 2020 and 2024. The company is urging owners of this model to park “outside and away from other vehicles and structures” due to a confirmed fire risk until the necessary repairs are made. A total of 462,869 vehicles are included in the recall, according to BFMTV.

Defective Control Button

According to the US Department of Transportation (NHTSA), the motor of the front electric seat in the affected vehicles could overheat due to a sliding button that may get stuck during seat adjustment. Owners are advised to watch out for warning signs of the defect: the front seat not adjusting properly or continuing to move even when pressure is released from the button.

Manufacturer-Covered Repairs

To address the issue, the manufacturer will replace the sliding control with a “support for the rear covers of the electric seat switches.” This repair will be fully covered by Kia and provided free of charge to owners of the affected vehicles. Notification letters will be sent to the brand’s customers starting from July 30. However, Kia has not yet announced the start date of the recall campaign. Owners who suspect their vehicle may have a safety defect and are not included in the recall are encouraged to contact the NHTSA.