The company is recalling 5,787 Sportage models and 1,432 Soul vehicles due to a faulty piston within the seat-belt pre-tensioner mechanism.
Sportages built at Kia’s Zilina, Slovakia factory between October 2011 and November 2012 are affected as are Souls built at Kwangju in Korea between August 2011 and March 2012. The fault does not affect the all-new Soul just announced in the UK.
Kia says it is not aware of any injuries resulting from this possible fault, and will contact all affected UK owners and advise them to take their Sportage or Soul model to their nearest dealer for a system check. Any faulty pre-tensioners will be replaced free of charge within one to two hours.
Owners may contact Kia’s customer service centre on 0800 015 8757 if they have any questions.