Kia recalls 7,000 cars over seatbelt fears

Kia has announced that it is to recall more than 7,000 of its UK vehicles because of a possible seatbelt problem.

The Korean car manufacturer has said that the recall affects 5,787 Sportage models and 1,432 Soul vehicles. While no injuries are reported to have occurred as of yet, the company is bringing the cars back in over concerns that some pre-tensioner seatbelts might not be working properly due to a faulty piston within the mechanism.

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Specifically, the Sportage models affected were built at Kia’s Slovakia factory between October 2011 and November 2012 and the Soul vehicles were built at Kwangju in Korea between August 2011 and March 2012. The fault does not affect the all-new Soul just released in the UK.

Kia has said that it will contact all affected UK owners and advise them to take their Sportage or Soul model to their nearest dealer to be checked. If present, any faulty pre-tensioners will be replaced free of charge within one or two hours.