Kia Canada is recalling about 3,000 Sedona minivans due to a fuel-line issue that could increase the risk of fire.
On minivans from the model years 2011 and 2012, the fuel rail might develop a small, heat-induced crack, which might lead to a fuel smell and eventually a fuel leak that could increase the risk of a fire, according to Kia's statement.
Kia Canada told Automotive News Canada that on Feb. 26 it submitted a notice of defect to Transport Canada related to problem.
The same recall is underway in the United States, where 51,000 minivans are being recalled
Kia said it is not aware of any fires or injuries in either country.
The Center for Auto Safety in the United States has been advocating for the recall since 2018, the group said in a statement.
"It is long past due for these almost 200,000 vehicles to have been recalled, and in fact, it is almost two years since the Center for Auto Safety originally petitioned for exactly such action," Jason Levine, the centre’s executive director, said in the statement.
Vehicle owners in the United States reported fuel smells, illuminated check-engine lights and cracked fuel rails leading to leaks, according to complaints on U.S. Nation Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website.
A solution is still under development, NHTSA documents said.
Kia has also recalled nearly 142,000 Optimas from the 2013-14 model years for the same problem.
“The recall issued by Kia USA on the Optima has no impact in Canada,” Kia Canada said in a statement.