Kia Niro recall: hybrid and PHEV models recalled over electrical issue

Over 5,000 examples of the Kia Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid have been recalled in the UK

A recall has been issued for 5,020 Kia Niros in the UK, after the Korean manufacturer discovered an issue that could cause an electrical relay to overheat.

Kia is keen to stress that it isn’t aware of any injuries or fires resulting from the problem, but is recalling affected models as a precaution.

The issue has been found in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro built between November 2016 and September 2017.

Kia will call affected customers in due course, with an inspection and possible rectification process expected to take around an hour. Customers won’t be charged for any work carried out.

In a statement, Kia’s director of aftersales Chris Lear said: “The safety of our customers is our number-one priority and we are taking this action to ensure their vehicles are not affected in any way.”

The Niro recall notice follows issues discovered on other models: back in 2013, over 25,000 cars were recalled due to a problem with their brake lights.

In 2014, 5,787 examples of the Sportage and 1,432 units of the Soul were recalled due to an issue with the seatbelt pre-tensioning system.