Kia officially announces Soul and Sorento fire risk recall

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As exclusively revealed on Autoblog UK last week, Kia is recalling certain Soul and Sorento models because of a fire risk.

A fault has been identified in the wiring of the 'mood' lighting that is found around the speaker panels on the Soul, and around the door handles and the centre console in the Sorento.

The manufacturer has discovered that there is a chance of the wiring overheating, which could potentially lead to a fire.

Hamish McCowan, after-sales and logistics director at Kia, said: "We are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes our customers and we are not aware of any vehicles in the UK suffering this problem - but we believe it is better to be safe and that is why we are taking this recall action.

"The risk of a fire is very small and would only occur under extreme circumstances but we want to make sure none of our customers should be anxious about the safety of their vehicles," he added.

Only 73 Souls are affected, as the mood lighting has not been a wildly popular option, but 476 Sorentos will have to return to their local garages to be modified free of charge.