Kia Canada is recalling 18,388 vehicles affected by a trio of recalls.
The biggest involves 8,908 Kia Soul crossovers from the model years 2012 through 2016.
On certain vehicles, the catalytic converter may be damaged by overheating. This could also cause engine damage or an engine failure, according to a recall notice on Transport Canada’s website.
The problem could lead to fire or the inability to start the vehicle, the notice warns.
Kia says the solution to the problem is a software fix.
The company will notify owners by mail. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer for an engine software update.
The second recall affects 5,314 Sedona minivans from the model years 2015 through 2018. The wiring for the occupant detection system could break. That could cause the system to not turn off the airbag when an infant or child is seated in the front passenger seat. This problem only affects vehicles with a manual front-passenger seat, Transport Canada says.
Dealers will remove a wiring harness clip to prevent the wire from breaking. If the wiring is found damaged, the dealer will replace the front passenger seat cushion.
The final recall involves 4,166 Kia Sportage utility vehicles from 2011 and 2012. The engine oil pan seal could leak on some vehicles with a 2.4-litre engine. If the leak is not repaired, over time this could lead to engine damage or an engine failure. In some cases, an engine failure may also result in a fire.
Kia says the corrective actions for this recall are under development.