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2018 Kia Stinger recalled over fenders that may rub it the wrong way

Over 16,000 examples of the sporty five-door face a recall over wiring concerns.

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Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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The hot new 2018 Kia Stinger may not be setting sales charts alight, but the sporty five-door has been garnering widespread accolades from the motoring press and enthusiasts alike. Unfortunately, the is apparently at risk for catching fire in an entirely different way, prompting the Korean automaker to issue the model's first recall.

According to the automaker's NHTSA filing, the upscale sports hatchback's wiring harnesses in the engine and passenger compartments can make contact with burrs on the left front fender panel, potentially damaging the wiring insulation and triggering a fire.

According to documents related to the recall filing, is aware of at least one fire attributed to the condition. No injuries have been reported.

16,011 examples are affected by the recall campaign.

Kia will begin notifying affected owners on Dec. 20, 2018. Models under the recall will have their wiring harnesses inspected. Damaged harnesses will be repaired and a new cover will be installed. If no damage is discovered, a cover will still be installed. All inspections and repairs will be carried out free of charge to owners.

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