Kia is to recall 25,192 vehicles in the UK over concerns of a possible brake light failure.
The company’s research and development department has discovered a fault in the brake light switch, which could lead to the brake lights not illuminating as they should, or remaining illuminated after the brake pedal is released.
The problem affects cars across the Kia range built between 2006 and 2011. Recalled cars include the previous generation Carens, Sedona, Sorento and Sportage, as well as the current Sorento and Soul models. A small number of Optima saloons are also affected.
Kia has been quick to stress that the issue, which is caused by carbonisation of electrical contacts, does not affect braking performance, or the operation of the anti-lock braking system in any way.
Currently there have been no reported accidents as a result of the fault.
Owners of affected vehicles are advised to take their car to a local Kia dealership where the switch will be replaced free of charge – a process which should take no longer than 15 minutes.
Those concerned with their car’s safety are advised to call Kia customer services on 0800 0158757.
This isn’t the first time that Kia has issued a recall this year. Along with sister company Hyundai, it recalled 1.8 million cars in the US in April for similar brake switch issues. In that case, the cars also exhibited more worrying faults, such as cruise control systems not disengaging and gearboxes sticking in gear.
June 3, 2013