Kia recalls Telluride SUVs due to potential for front seats to catch fire

ByPeter Valdes-Dapena CNNWire logo
Saturday, June 8, 2024 3:43AM
Kia Tellurides recalled due to potential of front seats catching fire
Kia Tellurides made between 2020 and 2024 are being recalled for an issue that can cause a motor in the front seats to overheat and catch fire.

Kia is warning owners of almost 463,000 of its popular Telluride SUVs in the United States to keep them parked outside and away from buildings because the front seats could start burning.

Seat control switches on the front power seats of the SUVs can become misaligned and stuck if they are hit hard by something, according to recall documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If that happens, a small electric motor that moves the seat can run continuously and overheat.

The recall includes 2020 through 2024 Kia Telluride models.

The Telluride, a roomy SUV with three rows of seats, has been an extremely popular model for the Korean automaker. Designed in California and built in Georgia, the Telluride was created specifically to appeal to Americans.

The problem was first noticed by Kia in 2022 when a customer reported smoke coming from under their Telluride's driver seat, according to a timeline Kia provided NHTSA.

In 2023, another customer complained of a smoke smell from the passenger side power seat, which wasn't working. Other similar cases were reported later that year.

In 2024, at least one Kia owner reported that the driver's seat caught fire while they were driving.

An investigation by Kia concluded that the problem was with the power seat switches that could be damaged in a way that causes its motor to overheat.

Starting at the end of July, Kia will send letters to owners of the recalled vehicles asking them to bring their SUVs to a Kia dealership for free repairs. Service technicians at the dealers will install reinforcements and improved switches to prevent the seats from burning.

Owners who suspect their Telluride might be involved can also call Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.

Earlier this year, Kia recalled more than 400,000 Tellurides for a separate problem that could allow them to roll away while in park.

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