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November 19, 1999

Kia Recalls 90,000 Sephia Model Sedans for Faulty Windshield Wiper Link

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 functioning.

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. 99V271000
Kia Recall No. 99V271000

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