Kia vehicle owners are being warned to urgently contact the car company after a dangerous defect was detected.
According to 7news.com.au, two different models, the Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and the CK Stinger MY2017-2019 are at the centre of the recall.
The cars can burst into flames even if the vehicle is switched off, according to Product Safety Australia.
Around 57,000 people own an affected car across Australia.
A defect means that the system controlling the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System can experience an electrical short-circuit if water enters it.
This can then cause an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked.
Anyone who owns this car is being advised to park it away from their homes or indoor structures, especially away from anything flammable.
Consumers are urged to contact their local Kia branch so that they can arrange for a car inspection and a repair if needed.
The inspections and repairs will be completed free of charge.
The Kia QL Sportage was sold between 2016-2021, with 56,203 people owning the car model.
Much fewer people have been affected by the Kia CK Stinger, which was sold between 2017-2019 as only 1648 people own the Stinger.
Kia isn’t the only car brand with risks of engine fire. Earlier this year, Hyundai urgently recalled nearly 100,000 cars. In February, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued an alert for Hyundai Tucson with model years from 2015 to 2021. A failure in its Anti-Lock Braking System also caused the potential for an engine compartment fire. The cars were sold nationally as early as November 2014 until November 2020.