NHTSA Opens Investigation into Non-Collision Kia Fires

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More than 1,800 Kia vehicles have burst into flames, now the government wants to know why. It’s about time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was petitioned to look into these non-collision fires last June. They are responsible for 77 injuries and 1 death. The investigation will focus on the Theta II engine, but the NHTSA plans on looking into tail lights and other potential combustion sources as well .

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Kia Theta II Engine Seizing and Stalling

Many Kia vehicles have a Theta II, a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine that is well known for having oil flow issues that eventually cause catastrophic failures.

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    Years
    2011–2015
    Reliability
    41st of 42
    PainRank
    34.37
    Complaints
    415
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    Years
    2011–2014
    Reliability
    42nd of 42
    PainRank
    35.31
    Complaints
    499
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    Years
    2010–2013
    Reliability
    39th of 42
    PainRank
    12.63
    Complaints
    122
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    Years
    2014–2019
    Reliability
    36th of 42
    PainRank
    8.6
    Complaints
    141
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