Sportage and Soul models
Car manufacturer Kia has recalled seven thousand UK models due to fears the seat belts do not work correctly. The recall affects 5,787 Sportage models and 1,432 Soul vehicles and concerns a possible fault with the vehicle’s seatbelt pre-tensioner. It seems that pre-tensioners might not work properly because of a faulty piston in the mechanism. Pre-tensioners are devices which use sensors in a car to pre-emptively tighten the belt if the car comes to a sudden stop. The problem was noticed during monitoring of customers’ vehicles, and the Korean carmaker said it did not think the fault had led to any injuries.
The Kia Sportage models affected were built at Kia’s Slovakia factory between October 2011 and November 2012, and the Soul vehicles were built at Kwangju in Korea between August 2011 and March 2012. The fault does not affect the latest Soul, which has just gone on sale in the UK.
Sportage is Kia’s best selling model
The Sportage is Kia’s best selling model in the UK and since its launch in 2010 it has proved to be a continued success in the crossover sector. The new Sportage has undergone some styling upgrades and there are new levels of equipment available and the best news is the entry level pricing is kept at £17,495. The new enhancements will no doubt continue the success of this popular model. Exterior changes include new style 16 inch, 17 inch and 18 inch alloy wheels and all versions now have Trailer Stability Assist to help make towing safer. It works through the Electronic Stability Control system, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force if it detects a potential loss of control. If this is insufficient, gentle all-wheel braking is introduced along with a reduction in engine power until the vehicle and trailer are stabilised.
In keeping with every Kia, the Sportage comes with the company’s industry leading seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.
Kia has said they are not aware of any injuries due to the fault with the Sportage and Soul. All owners will be contacted and advised to take their vehicles to a Kia dealer for a full system check.