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Kia Recalls About 72K SUVs, Electric Short Can Cause Fires

Government documents say Kia got nine complaints about 'thermal events'

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    In this file photo, the Kia Motors Corp. logo is seen on its car at a showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 23, 2010.

    Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires.

    The recall covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009.

    Kia says in government documents that water containing road salt can get into a braking control computer. That can cause wiring connectors to rust and a circuit board to short, possibly sparking a fire.

    The problem was discovered after a 2008 Sportage caught fire while parked in a driveway in April. Government documents say Kia got nine complaints about "thermal events." No injuries were reported.

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    If dealers find wiring rust, they'll replace the computer assembly. If there's no rust, they'll replace a cover. The recall should begin Nov. 28.

    Kia says customers with questions can contact the company at (800) 333-4542.