Kia recalls nearly 72K SUVs for flaw that can spark fires

A logo of Kia Motors shows at its showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A logo of Kia Motors shows at its showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires.

The recall covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009.

Kia says in government documents that water containing road salt can get into a braking control computer. That can cause wiring connectors to rust and a circuit board to short, possibly sparking a fire.

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The problem was discovered after a 2008 Sportage caught fire while parked in a driveway in April. Government documents say other fires occurred while Kia was investigating. It was unclear if there were any injuries. A message was left seeking comment from Kia.

If dealers find wiring rust, they’ll replace the computer assembly. If there’s no rust, they’ll replace a cover. The recall should begin Nov. 28.