More than 57,000 Kia owners in Australia have been warned not to park their vehicles in an enclosed area such as a garage amid fears they could catch fire even when switched off.
Product Safety Australia has issued a recall for two Kia models over problems with the Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HECU).
The affected cars are the Kia QL Sportage model built between 2016 and 2021 and the Kia CK Stinger model built between 2017 and 2019.
The recall notice said the HECU, which controls the anti-lock braking, stability and traction control systems, could remain live.
It said if moisture entered the unit, an electrical short circuit could occur.
"If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked," Product Safety Australia said.
"A vehicle fire could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and damage to property."
Kia Australia is contacting all known owners of the cars, who are urged to arrange for a free inspection and repair at their nearest dealer.
Until the vehicles have been repaired, the company recommends they not be parked near any flammable structures or in an enclosed area.
Nearly 100,000 cars recalled over engine fire risk in February
The move comes just months after Hyundai issued a similar recall for more than 93,000 cars.
Product Safety Australia issued an alert in February warning of problems with an electronic control circuit in the Anti-Lock Braking System module for the Hyundai Tucson.
Similar to the Kia, if the components were exposed to moisture, there was a risk of an engine compartment fire even when the vehicle was turned off.
Owners of Tucson models made from 2015 to 2021 were warned to park affected vehicles in an open space away from flammable materials and structures, such as garages.
The affected cars were sold as early as November 2014, and 93,572 vehicles were included in the recall.
At the time, a spokesman for Hyundai Australia said the vehicles were still "safe to drive".
"We have had no incidents of fire in Australia related to this Tucson issue," he said.
"The recall is a precautionary and voluntary measure to ensure the safety of our customers - which is of the utmost importance to Hyundai.
"As an added precaution, Hyundai recommends parking these vehicles outside and away from structures until the recall remedy is completed."