Kia Motors are recalling 25,192 UK-sold vehicles to replace a potentially faulty brake light switch on a variety of cars built between 2006 and 2011.
Vehicle operation monitoring and Research and Development checks have discovered the faulty switch may, in certain circumstances, cause the vehicle’s rear brake lights to malfunction.
Tests found that the lights may not illuminate when activated, or turn off after the brake pedal is released.
The problem is caused by carbonisation on the switch contacts that can lead to the electric current being interrupted.
It does not affect the braking performance or the operation of anti-lock brakes in any way, and Kia said they are not aware of any accidents being caused by the problem.
Vehicles affected include: previous model Carens, Sedona, Sorento and Sportage; some current Sorento and Soul models; and a small number of Optima models.
Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Kia Motors (UK) Limited and will be invited to take their vehicles to their local dealer for a free switch replacement.
The switch change takes less than 15 minutes to complete and no other work is required.
Any owner can contact Kia Customer Services on 0800 0158757 for further information.
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