Kia Motor Corp.’s United Kingdom wing has recalled more than 7,200 Sportage and Soul crossover models. The automaker said defective seat belt pre-tensioners that could place drivers and passengers at increased risk during accidents made their way into the vehicles. Kia Motors UK Ltd. expressed concern that a faulty piston in a batch of pre-tensioners may prevent the mechanism from functioning properly, although no injuries have been linked to the defect, according to the recall. The Korea-based carmaker recalled 5,787 Sportage and 1,432 Soul vehicles and promised to swap out the component at its dealerships for free within two hours. Only cars fitted with parts from the defective batch are affected, according to Kia.
Seat belt pre-tensioners are comprised of an intricate set of parts designed to activate during a collision and keep passengers secured in their seats by preventing belts from slackening. The affected Sportage models rolled off the line at a manufacturing plant in Zilina, Slovakia, between October 2011 and November 2012 and the Soul models originated from a facility in Kwangju, Korea, between August 2011 and March 2012. Models of the newest Soul, introduced in the U.K. in April, were said to be in no danger. Kia says the defect was discovered through routine vehicle monitoring rather than by a consumer complaint.
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