HOSE ISSUE: Kia South Africa is recalling 180 of its Cerato models to replace faulty cooling hoses. Image: MotorPress
Johannesburg - Kia Motors South Africa will conduct a voluntary safety recall of 180 Cerato vehicles (from 2011 model year) commencing on May 23 2016.
The purpose of the recall is to replace two automatic transmission cooling hoses, reports the automaker.
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Only automatic models affected
According to Kia SA: "These hoses carry hot transmission fluid from the transmission to the transmission cooler, and cooled transmission fluid back to the transmission. There is a possibility that the transmission cooling hoses may have been improperly cured during the manufacturing process and that, over time, it may leak transmission fluid. In such instances, the malfunction indicator lamp will illuminate and some vehicles may display abnormal shifting.
"Depending on the amount of transmission fluid lost, reduced vehicle mobility may occur. The recall only affects models with automatic transmissions."
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Contacting owners personally
The affected vehicles were all assembled in Korea from August 27 2010 and November 11 2010, and only "180 units from this production run were shipped to South Africa", reports Kia. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by Kia from May 23.
According to KIA: "The Call Centre will assist owners in having their nearest or preferred Kia dealer carry out the replacement of both automatic transmission cooling hoses, which will take less than an hour (depending on your vehicle’s position in the work queue on the day of the booking). Kia Motors and its dealer network will implement this recall at no charge to owners."
More information on the recall campaign, as well as an extensive list of frequently asked questions, will also be available to customers at www.kia.co.za, which will allow Cerato owners to enter their vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) into a search functionality.