Wednesday 16 June 2010

KIA Picanto & Cee'd recalled (UK)

Kia UK is recalling 486 Cee'd models for checks on the brakes, along with 6,585 Picanto city-cars because of a potential fuel leak.

The manufacturer says the brakes on the Cee'd fitted with stability control (ESP) might suffer from insufficient braking effort from the master cylinder. Cars built between 1st April 2008 – 30th March 2009 are under investigation.

Kia has also revealed that the fuel filler on its Picanto could become damaged by de-icing fluids. It says a small number of fuel leaks have been reported. Cars built between November 2009 - February 2010 are affected.

There are no reports of any accidents in the UK. Hamish McCowan, Director of After-Sales and Logistics said: “Safety is always our top priority and our on-going product assessment and research has revealed these two potential problems”.

“We have immediately put in place a process to contact owners and the work will be conducted by Kia dealers at a convenient time for customers. I would apologise to any owner whose vehicle may be affected and at the same time I would like to assure them that we believe we are acting before anyone in the UK has experienced any issue,” he added.

Kia is contacting all owners about the potential faults and will carry out all repairs free of charge.

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