At least one Stinger has caught on fire because of this.
Automotive recalls are a regular occurrence and some are potentially more serious than others. This latest recall affecting the 2018 model year Kia Stinger could be considered one of the more serious types. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 16,011 Stinger sport sedans are being recalled due to front-end wiring harness that could potentially catch on fire. Turns out the wiring that extends from the engine compartment into the cabin could get damaged after rubbing up against a sharp edge on the driver's side front fender, leading to a possible short circuit. The Korean automaker is aware of one such fire that occurred last May.
No injuries have been reported. Kia dealerships will inspect the sedans free of charge. At the same time, each vehicle will have a cover installed that separates the wiring from the fender. Any wiring harnesses that have already been damaged will also be replaced. Affected Stingers owners will be notified shortly and the recall will officially get underway on December 20. If there are any concerned Stinger owners who don't want to wait to find out whether their Stinger is affected, they can contact the NHTSA, reach out to the Kia customer service line, or visit www.safecar.gov.
The Kia Stinger has so far been a smash hit for the automaker, proving it capable of taking on the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with a fun to drive and powerful fastback sedan of its own for thousands of dollars less. With a starting price tag of just $31,900, buyers have a choice of two engines, the base 2.0-liter turbo four with 255 hp or a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with 365 hp. Trust us, paying extra for the V6 is worth every penny.