November 19, 1999
Kia Recalls 90,000 Sephia Model Sedans for Faulty Windshield Wiper
Irvine, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Kia Motors America
Inc., today announced a voluntary recall affecting certain 1998 and 1999 Sephia model
sedans, according to the National Highway Transportation Association (NHTSA).
The ball socket on the windshield wiper link may
be out of tolerance resulting in the link disengaging from the wiper motor drive under
load, such as pushing against ice, snow or other resistance. Also the wiper arm retaining
nut could be inadequately tightened allowing the wiper arm to slip and/or stop
This condition could cause impairment of
visibility in inclement weather increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will replace the windshield wiper link and
also properly tighten the wiper arm retaining nuts. Owner notification is expected to
begin during October/November 1999. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer
on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time
should contact Kia at 1-949-470-7000. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Reference: NHTSA Recall No.
Kia Recall No. 99V271000
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