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Kia recalls Sportage SUVs in China on switch fault

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Shanghai, September 28 ( South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp. today started to recall 235 imported Sportage SUVs in the Chinese market due to the vehicle's stop lamp switch fault, China's quality watchdog announced yesterday, reported.

The Kia Sportage SUVs now listed for recall were produced by Kia Motors between September 20, 2006 and October 26, 2006, and 235 units of them were sold as imported vehicles in mainland China.

These vehicles should be recalled because a component of their stop lamp switch cannot meet the design standard and therefore the lamp often works badly or cannot work at all, which may cause vehicle accidents, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Kia Motors said it will replace the faulty components or lamp switches with upgraded new ones to remove the safety hazard. Customers of all the affected Sportage SUVs can drive to Kia China's 4S stores for free repair or replacement of the component or switch.

Kia Motors Corp., the biggest subsidiary of South Korea's auto tycoon Hyundai Motor Co., also imports cars into China in addition to making and selling vehicles locally via its Chinese venture Dongfeng Yueda Kia.

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