First Kia Sportage Catches Fire in Pakistan

Earlier today, a video went viral over the internet and social media showing a burnt Kia Sportage on Multan road, Lahore. The cause of the incident remains unknown as of yet.

Although there are various instances where vehicles catches fire, and most of these incidents make their way to the internet in the form of images or videos however in most cases they occur either due to some after-market alterations or negligence of owners in case the vehicle is old. However a Kia Sportage catching fire can certainly be something to worry about, here is why:

Hyundai and Kia Fire Recall

Hyundai and Kia started recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North American markets since 2015 – about 618,000 of which are Kia – because manufacturing debris can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. That can cause bearings in 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter four-cylinder engines to wear and fail and can also cause fires. The repair in many cases is an expensive engine block replacement.

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An official Kia statement says the high-pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly tightened. That can allow fuel to leak and hit hot engine parts, causing fires. An estimated total of 2,985,010 cars in the USA alone, are potentially affected and at risk of engine fires, according to agency filings.

Related:  Why Kia Sportage? Asif Rizvi Explains

In USA, Hyundai & Kia reached a $760 million settlement after NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) completed its investigation into engine fires issue. There were over 3,000 engine fire cases and over 100 injuries reported.

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More interestingly, a whistleblower came forward during investigation and informed that the companies were aware of the fire issues but they ignored the warnings until the government agency intervened and took the issue after thousands of complaints.

In Pakistan

Unfortunately in our country, there is no such government agency to look into these issues and generally the consumer is at the receiving end. However this is something Kia should take seriously because if God forbid more such cases appear, it can tarnish the reputation of the South Korean brand in Pakistan which has already made 2 exits from our market in the past.

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Kia launched the Sportage in Pakistan in August last year with FWD version priced at PKR 48.99 lac whereas AWD version at PKR 53.99 lac. Both the versions carry the same 2.0 liter Gasoline MPI engine that comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Since its launch, the Sportage was doing fairly well in the market and is believed to be troubling the likes of Toyota Fortuner. It will face stiff competition in form of forthcoming Hyundai Tucson, Proton X70 as well as Toyota’s new SUV.

20 thoughts on “First Kia Sportage Catches Fire in Pakistan”

  1. Ina lilahe wa ina illahe rajiun, may Allah give solace to the owner and protect us from suffering such heavy financial loss.

  2. Much better reporting and analysis than the shoddy article on PW!

    I have to wonder if Atlas or Indus staged this to tarnish Sportage’s reputation in local market. Real customer side question is if Lucky compensates owner in warranty due to manufacturing defect or makes customer run pillar to post for replacement claim.

    1. Yet you read that article, meaning that the shoddiness is in yourself and not the article.
      I also wonder what vehicle you own, not that it matters, I am interested because instead of acting the keyboard warrior. Please act immediately and ditch your Honda or Toyota for KIA, I am not sure that the company is going to be troubled. Not for any reason Toyota is regarded as one of the top ten positively imagined brands in the world. People, myself included, love their Toyota and this love is generated from experience of owning one.

      1. The shodiness was in PW article’s content. Any unbiased discerning reader can notice it even comparing to coverage here or elsewhere. It can be clearly seen in comments by many readers in many blog posts on PW but that entire debate is not fruitful wrt this article.

        You can keep wondering since your childish immature opinion and conjecture is of little interest to anyone of substance.

        No where were Toyota vehicles mentioned in my comment. Please don’t project your inadequecies and low self esteem on others. Perhaps you are new in this world still a little suckling baby but corporate sabotage exists and there is potential for this being an instance of it.

        1. My comment was important enough for you to reply blindly that is why you conveniently chose to ignore pointing out whether you have stopped reading PW. As for corporate sabotage being present behind this vehicle catching fire, well, car spirit has reported about company’s inquiry revealing wires meddled by road side mechanic. All the while, your clever, mature and elder self is making it out to be otherwise.
          Therefore, my point presented in my prior comment is confirmed; IMC is not behind this scene.

  3. I am sure no Honda or Toyota ever caught fire in Pakistan, and even if this impossibility ever happened, they will compensate over and above the loss to the person, before the day is over…🙈👏🏼

    1. Well, based on mine and cousin’s experience, who has owned Toyota Corolla 1970 model, 1996 model, 2003 model, 2011 model and 2018. All except 2018 had been kept for period of 10 to 12 years and have faced the worst kind of road infrastructure and Pakistani weather abuse as well as been taken to incompetent mechanics. No such incident Allhamdulillah has ever happened. My uncle used to own Toyota Mark one, he kept it for 28 years and in this time he even took it for tableegh to other parts of country it acted fine.
      Moreover, given the fact that Toyota is the only company that has large number of vehicles produced in 1970s’ or 1980s’ still running in Pakistan and may be even around other parts of the world as well. Is worthier evidence than your supposition put as question to the writer of article.
      Lastly, please feel free to exchange your Toyota or Honda with KIA vehicles rather than acting the keyboard warrior and hating the company for product that is not being stuffed in your hands. You are smart and therefore can act of your own accord.

      1. I felt free and exchanged my Gli for An Awd Sportage, and am quite satisfied… not that i have anything against Toyota or Honda, its just that you guys jumped to conclusions too quickly to tarnish Kia’s image…

        1. If you care to read my comment in full, you are going to know that it is a response to a person. Judging a Toyota vehicle on the basis that is not even supported through his personal experience of using the vehicle. Kindly read before imagining by yourself that I am jumping into a brandwar.
          Moreover I am also aware that assuming something out of thin air is unethical therefore I would always try to avoid giving an opinion about product unless supported by my experience.

        2. On another note, do enlighten upon us your feelings about KIA Sportage after three or five year usage. It is after this period that a vehicle shows its true colours.
          Besides, If you are a GLi user, then you are going to agree that the car is durable and requires less frequent maintenance. By durability I mean longevity of technical parts not features that the car is offering. Meanwhile, enjoy your Sportage, may it bring you joys.

          1. Toyota is operating among list of top ten largest companies of this world. Something that your unreality based comment is not going to change.

          2. another fanboy who believes international Toyota represents the junk sold by Indus motors 😀

          3. Does my belief affects your way of life? I guess not, then I don’t need anyone telling me either that buying a KIA would serve the purpose I require from my car.
            Since, corruption is embedded in the hearts of Pakistanis therefore, I doubt that you would have done any better either, even, had you been operating a business. Also, lambasting others’ needlessly for a self-pleasure is also one form of corruption, which, you are doing on this forum. Lastly, people working at Indus are Pakistanis they are merely reflecting what we keyboard warriors are capable of doing, if given a power or a chance. Therefore, if you received a dented and repaired Corolla, then think, where have you in your past have hurt someone to be ripped financially so badly.
            Have a Good day. Presumably KIA representative, therefore, I am sorry that you have not been able to convince me for trading my Corolla.

  4. Better do some research before posting an article!
    The last recall of Sportage was on December 19, 2018 and now its 2020. All the issues have been addressed and now its a highly rated and well acclaimed crossover even in USA (See J. D. Power, US News, Consumer Reports or other reputable sites).
    The burnt Sportage was electrically altered and the installed tracker was not properly earthed (the earth wire was residing on the plastic plate) therefore the fuse didn’t blow because the circuit wasn’t complete. The effected Sportage was brought to Kia Multan Dealership and I had the detailed discussion with them. The owner himself didn’t blame Kia and didn’t file any case. He’s in negotiation with insurance company and probably would get a new one. There have been no safety recalls issued from NHTSA for Sportage 2019 and afterwards.
    https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/kia/sportage/2019/reliability

    For Reference: Last Sportage Recall:
    Recall Number
    18V907000
    Recall Date
    12/19/2018
    Component
    FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
    Summary
    Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak.

    Consequence
    A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

    What Owners Should Do
    Kia has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pipe, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 17, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC172.

    1. I suggest that you re-read the article, the writer is making it plain that the vehicle bore marks of the aftermarket installation. Moreover, he is also pointing out the fact that the recall was made in 2018, no-where he is suggesting that Sportage is not good. Lastly, kindly avoid reading articles that you think are against your tastes, shaming a person publicly in hard words is considered unethical.
      One thing more, USA is developed country, you cannot compare Pakistani environment with the USA as it is ecologically cleaner. Moreover, petrol quality available over there is also very different from one available here. Also, I hardly need remind you that road network in Pakistan is not made at similar criteria it must be made at in the USA therefore masses rely on past experience. They prefer to own vehicles already known for taking toll, Sportage unfortunately does not have that legacy and owners have not owned them for more than ten years to prove it as well.
      I personally know a KIA Pride owner and Classic owner telling me that the cars underside had to be completely re-fitted after five or seven years use in Karachi. My second hand Corolla had Allhamdulillah done better, only burst bushes in eight years of rough use.

    2. i think there is nothing wrong with the article. Kia has thousands of fire related recalls which raises eyebrows. never in the article i can find where it says new Sportage was recalled there.

  5. Bhai Usman, thank you for bearing through this discussion patiently and giving me a chance to end it. I pray for your professional and religious success, as well as hope that your positive and FACTS-BASED work hatch a positive change in this industry.

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