approximately 27,000 model-year 2017-18 kia niro hybrid hatchbacks
the problem: the main relay within the power relay assembly may have inadequate connections between its contacts, causing increased electrical resistance, which can overheat the rear seat and increase the risk of a fire.
the fix: dealers will inspect the power relay assembly for damage. if no damage is found, the main relay will be replaced; if damage is found, the assembly will be replaced. both repairs will be done for free.
what owners should do: kia will begin notifying owners nov. 23. owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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