|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Wednesday, February 4, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS
Kia Motors America, Incorporated
Number Involved: 23,493
Dates of Manufacture: July 1996 - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V234
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: A microswitch on the rear hatch lock cylinder can
malfunction, causing the power door locks to unlock inadvertently.
Consequence of Defect: Should this occur, security from unwanted intrusion into the
vehicle is lost.
Corrective Action: Dealers will modify the rear hatch door unlock circuit.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Dec. 15, 1997.
Note: 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 1-800-333-4KIA (800-333-4542).
NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert
consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law,
safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the
owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.
NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall
notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with
federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive
notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair
work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.