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Kia Announces Voluntary Recall for Brake Pipe Inspection

20 October 1998

Kia Announces Voluntary Recall for Brake Pipe Inspection
    IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 20 -- Kia today announced a voluntary
recall of selected 1998 and 1999 Sportage sport-utility vehicles to inspect
the clearance between the hydraulic brake pipe and steering intermediate shaft
coupling.
    Kia wants to inspect 22,106 Sportages manufactured between Sept. 19, 1997,
and Sept. 3, 1998, to determine if a minimum 3/8" clearance exists between the
brake pipe and steering intermediate shaft coupling.  Without proper
clearance, the steering intermediate shaft coupling could damage the brake
pipe, causing brake fluid leakage.  That leakage could cause the rear brake
function to be lost, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
    No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of brake pipe
damage, and only one instance of a damaged brake pipe has been found.
    Kia owners are being asked by mail to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealer
so that the dealer can inspect and, if necessary, adjust the brake pipe.  The
15-minute procedure will be done immediately at no charge.
    Kia Motors America is the U.S. sales, marketing and service arm of Kia
Motors Corp. of Seoul, South Korea.