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The KIA logo is seen on a parking lot in Sterling, Virginia on January 2, 2015. With the price of gasoline at its lowest level in half a decade and the US economy more robust, carmakers are bullish about prospects for the American market in 2015. AFP Photo/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

DETROIT  — Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires.

The recall covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009.

Kia says in government documents that water containing road salt can get into a braking control computer. That can cause wiring connectors to rust and a circuit board to short, possibly sparking a fire.

The problem was discovered after a 2008 Sportage caught fire while parked in a driveway in April. Government documents say other fires occurred while Kia was investigating. It was unclear if there were any injuries. A message was left seeking comment from Kia.

If dealers find wiring rust, they’ll replace the computer assembly. If there’s no rust, they’ll replace a cover. The recall should begin Nov. 28.