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Media Release

(JOHANNESBURG) February 23, 2017 – Effective today, KIA Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd will conduct a safety recall on 305 KIA Sportage models manufactured in Korea between 9 August 2007 and 22 May 2009 to diagnose the vehicle’s Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit.

The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit monitors individual wheel speeds and will, when determined, operate the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stablity Programme (ESP).

There is a possibility that corrosion of the wire harness connector pins in the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit assembly can occur due to improper sealing of the Hydraulic ECU’s wire harness connector cover. If moisture contaminated with road salt reaches the Hydraulic ECU’s circuit board, an electrical short circuit may occur on the circuit board. In some instances, the ESC or ABS warning light may illuminate.

“The safety of our vehicles, and its owners, is a priority for KIA,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director, KIA Motors South Africa. “Most of the reports about this problem have occurred in countries with heavy snowfall, where roads are regularly treated with salt to avoid ice forming on the road surface. It is the salt in the water content that could cause the corrosion. No such incidents have been reported in South Africa.”

The safety recall is only applicable to 305 KIA Sportage models manufactured in Korea between 9 August 2007 and 22 May 2009. Apart from announcing the recall campaign on KIA Motors South Africa’s social media assets, the company will also publish a notification in national newspapers in order to reach as many of the current owners as possible.

If customers are uncertain about whether their vehicle could be affected, the KIA Motors South Africa website – www.kia.co.za –also offers a convenient search function through which customers can enter their vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). More detailed information and a helpful FAQ are also available to customers on the website. Alternatively, customers can contact the KIA Motors South Africa Call Centre on 010 596 2000.

KIA dealerships will implement the recall at no charge to the vehicle owner.

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Frequently asked questions

Answering Your Campaign Questions

01
What is the function of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) ?
The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit monitors individual wheel speeds and when determined will operate the ABS or ESP functions.
ABS = Anti-lock Braking System.
ESP = Electronic Stability Programming.
02
What is the problem with the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit?
Corrosion of the wire harness connector pins in the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit assembly can occur due to improper sealing of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit’s wire harness connector cover.
03
Why is this recall being implemented?
If moisture contaminated with road salt reaches the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit’s circuit board, electrical short circuits may occur on the circuit board.
04
What is the consequence should the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit’s Circuit board become corroded?
An Electrical Short Circuit may occur in the Circuit Board and in isolated incidents could lead to a thermal event, including the possibility of an engine compartment fire.
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05
Are all Sportage's affected?
The affected vehicles were assembled in Korea between August 9, 2007 until May 22, 2009.
06
How many Sportage's are affected?
305 Sportage units shipped to South Africa fall under the conditions of this campaign
07
How do I know if my Sportage has a problem now?
In some cases, the ESC or ABS warning light may illuminate.
08
What is involved in repairing my Sportage ?
Your KIA dealership will action a repair that involves connecting the Kia Diagnostic System and interrogating the fault memory.
If no code is indicated the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit Connector Cover will be replaced with Connector Cover 91299-1F020QQK with Connector Cover 91299-1F010QQK depending on the vehicles production date.
If any of the following fault codes is indicated the dealership will replace the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit and Console Cover Assembly with a new Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit and Console Cover.
09
How and when will I be contacted by my Kia Dealership or Kia Motors South Africa ?
Kia Motors South Africa will publish a notification in national newspapers as well notifications on our Facebook and Web pages. In addition your dealership will check you Vehicle Identification Number against those Vehicle Identification Numbers to which the recall applies when your vehicle enters the dealership for servicing or other repairs.
10
If I am not the original purchaser how will you contact me?
You may not be on our database which is why we have created an opportunity for Sportage owners to log their vehicles VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on our website.
11
How can I check if my Sportage is part of the recall?
There is a menu option allowing Sportage owners to enter their vehicles VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on a search option on our website. The easiest method to locate your vehicles VIN is to copy the 17 digit number from the vehicles license disc.
12
What if I am not happy with my dealers response to my queries?
You may address your query to Kia Motors South Africa Customer Care on telephone number 010 596 2000.
13
Are all parts available to complete the campaign on my Sportage?
There are sufficient parts available to carry out the recall campaign on all Sportage vehicles implicated in this recall campaign action.
14
Are any new Sportage's implicated under this recall still being sold by KIA dealerships?
This recall campaign only affects previous generation Sportage, and only vehicles manufactured between August 9, 2007 until May 22, 2009.
15
Is KIA still manufacturing new Sportage's that will also be involved in the recall?
No, all vehicles built after May 22, 2009 do not fall under the conditions which led to this recall campaign.