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Over 31,000 SUVs are being recalled in Australia due to a software issue that can potentially lead to overheating and vehicle fires.

According to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, the recall applies to Kia’s QL Sportage (2016-2021) and UM Sorento (2015-2020).

“Due to a software issue, the Heater Core Element may operate at a higher than intended temperature, causing damage to the connector”, a recall listing on the Department’s website indicated.

“A vehicle fire could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants or other road users.”

Owners are advised to contact their local Kia dealership to have the HVAC control unit software updated and the Heater Core Element and connector inspected and replaced if damaged.

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