Kia is recalling 25,192 cars amid fears a faulty brake light switch could prevent brake lights illuminating. The recall affects a number of models manufactured between 2006 and 2011 including the Kia Optima, Carens, Sedona, Sorento and Sportage.
According to Kia the fault is caused by carbonisation on the switch contacts that can lead to the electric current being interrupted, which in turn prevents the brake lights illuminating. The company has stated the fault does not affect braking performance in any way, and has said it is unaware of any accidents being caused as a result.
Customers who own affected cars will be contacted directly by Kia and advised to visit a main dealer to have repair work carried out. The fix should take approximately 15 minutes and customers will not be charged.
The following is a detailed breakdown of the models affected:
1,128 Sedona models built between November 2006 and June 2007
4,246 previous model Sorento units built between May 2007 and December 2008
8,080 previous model Sportage units built between September 2007 and January 2010
3,535 previous model Carens units built between March 2008 and November 2009
3,525 current Sorento units built between October 2009 and April 2011
4,676 Souls units built between June 2010 and June 2011
2 Optima models built between August 2010 and April 2011
Any owner can contact Kia Customer Services on 0800 0158757 for further information.