Kia Motors America, Inc.
Models: Kia Sportage Years: 1998-1999
Number Involved: 22,106
Dates of Manufacture: September 1997 - May 1998
Defect: On certain sport utility vehicles built without an anti-lock braking system (ABS), the steering intermediate shaft coupling can contact a hydraulic brake line, causing fluid leakage. This condition can cause a loss of rear brake effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect
and, if necessary, increase the clearance between the brake line and steering intermediate
shaft coupling. Owner notification was to begin during October 1998. Owners who do not
receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4KIA
(1-800-333-4542). [NHTSA Recall No.98V222]