• Kia SA is recalling certain Sorento and Carnival / Sedona models that may suffer water or oil damage to its ABS module.
• The recall affects 2175 cars and the company is contacting affected customers to have the ABS PCB relay block kit replaced.
• Affected models are the first-generation Sorento and second-generation Carnival / Sedona models.
Kia Motors South Africa announced a safety recall on 2175 Sorento and Carnival / Sedona models manufactured in Korea between 2005 and 2009.
Kia says "the recall serves to diagnose the vehicle's ABS PCB relay block kit in the junction box, specifically on vehicles equipped with ABS and ESC (Electronic Stability Control)."
There is a possibility that, over a period of time, oil or water may enter the power supply of the ABS module. Kia says "this may cause vehicles to experience an electrical short on the ABS/ESC module, which could affect the vehicle's braking performance."
Should the safety inspection find that water or oil has entered the power supply, the ABS PCB Relay Block Kit will be replaced. The replacement will take place at no charge to the customer.
Should the vehicle’s ABS warning light come on prior to the safety inspection being carried out, customers are encouraged to immediately park the vehicle and contact their nearestKia dealership.
Which models does it apply to?
The safety recall is only applicable to 1288 Sorento models manufactured in Korea between 14 December 2005 and 17 December 2009, as well as 887 Carnival/Sedona models manufactured in Korea between 10 June 2005 and 14 December 2009.
Kia says it will make every effort to contact owners via SMS, e-mail and telephone.
If customers are uncertain about whether their vehicle could be affected, they can also do a VIN check via the vehicle campaign check functionality on www.kia.co.za, which allows customers to enter their vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to determine if it is affected by the recall campaign.
Alternatively, customers can contact the KIA Motors South Africa Customer Care Call Centre on 011 776 8800.
KIA dealerships will implement the recall at no charge to the vehicle owner.