Two major recalls in a short span of time mean Kia Motors is set to do repairs on over 70,000 of its vehicles.
The first recall is for Kia’s now defunct Spectra sedan. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the straps that hold the gasoline tank on the car are made of an insufficient material that corrodes when exposed to road salt.
With the straps weakened from rust, the tank may fall from the car and make contact with the ground. In a worst case scenario, the metal on road contact could create a spark that has the potential of igniting gasoline.
The recall affects 2004 to 2007 model year Spectras.
In order for a car to qualify for the recall, it must either be registered or have been bought in one of the following 21 regions: Conn., Del., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Miss., N.H., N.J., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., R.I., Vt., W.Va., Wis. and District of Columbia.
Owners who take their car to a qualified Kia Service Center will receive a new set of zinc coated straps which will resist corrosion more effectively. Recall repairs are done at the automaker’s expense.
Anyone outside of the listed areas who suspect any issues with their fuel system are strongly encouraged to have it inspected by a mechanic immediately.
The second recall issued by Kia recently is for the current model year (2011) Sorento crossover SUV. The recall is only being issued for models that are equipped with the 2.4 liter four cylinder engine, two wheel drive and the automatic transmission.
The NHTSA reports that some cars equipped in this manner may have a poorly aligned intermediate drive shaft. When the shaft is out of alignment, the driver may notice a whirring or whining sound coming from the front of the car. The poor alignment will cause extra wear on intermediate shaft, which could result in a sudden loss of power if the part fails completely.
Not all of the Sorentos, even the ones with the listed options will have this issue. So its recommended that anyone who suspects their car might be affected, contact their local Kia dealer and find out if their car qualifies for the repairs.