Kia Sportage 2019 Tow Hitch Issues
The Kia Sportage's reliability issues peaked with the 2017 model year, however there were
some issues with the 2019 model year as well. The trailer hitches were the main problem
that prompted the recall of cars made between 2017 and 2022. Owners who installed the
tow hitch as original equipment ran the risk of fires starting due to an electrical short.
This resulted from moisture and debris accumulating on the tow hitch harness
module's printed circuit board. Kia advised owners of certain Sportage models
to park their cars outside, away from any structures. There isn't a fix for the issue yet,
Two fires were recorded out of the large number of vehicles recalled, however no injuries or accidents occurred.