August 14, 1999
1996-1997 Kia Sephia Passenger Cars Recalled for Leaks in Fuel System
SACRAMENTO (SafetyAlerts) - The California Air Resources Board (ARB)
today announced the recall of 6,019 Kia Sephia passenger vehicles because of failed tests
for that state's evaporative emissions standards.
ARB's In-Use Compliance Program tested a
representative sample of Kia vehicles owned by average consumers. Half of the
vehicles failed to meet evaporative emission standards because of defective, leaking hoses
that recover gasoline fumes from the vehicles' fuel systems.
Vapor leaks present a health hazard to vehicle
occupants, and contribute smog- forming emissions to the air. If all the vehicles in
question had active leaks, they could have contributed approximately 5.7 tons-per-year of
smog-forming emissions to California's air.
"This failure is the result of defective
hoses Kia purchased from an outside vendor, but the auto company is required to remedy the
problem," said ARB Chairman Dr. Alan C. Lloyd.
The recall applies to 1996 and 1997 Kia Sephia
vehicles built between July 1, 1995 and November 4, 1996. The repairs involve
changing all vapor hoses in the fuel tank area.
The recall effort started July 15 with letters
mailed to vehicle owners advising them to take the cars to Kia dealerships to have them
repaired. As required by ARB regulations, the repairs will be done at no cost to the