2023 Kia Sportage battery nut could catch fire

Even though the 2023 Kia Sportage is one of the greatest SUVs in its class, it's been recalled in the US.

The car maker revealed in an NHTSA recall notice that the B+ battery terminal may not have been properly torqued during construction. If the nut loosens, the engine could stall while driving.

Electrical arching at the B+ terminal could cause a fire while driving, increasing crash and injury risk. The battery light may inform car owners.

19,701 Kia Sportage models were made between January 12, 2022, and August 8, 2022.

Owners will be alerted by letter and told to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealer to have the nut properly torqued. On September 23, Kia will notify owners.

This recall came only weeks after Kia unveiled the 2023 Sportage PHEV, a Toyota RAV4 Prime contender. The $38,490 Sportage PHEV has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motor, and 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

It has 261 horsepower and 349 Nm of torque. The Sportage PHEV can travel 54 km on electric power alone.