Columbian Autocar Corp., the distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, is recalling over 300 units of the Soul and Sorento, which are affected by a defective wiring harness.
The move follows the global recall announced by Kia Motors early this month when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States found that "when lights are illuminated under certain conditions, an electrical short may occur that can result in a fire: in the wiring harness in the lighting features of both vehicles.
Columbian Autocar said nine units of the Kia Soul manufactured from September 2009 to June 2010 and 312 units of the Sorento produced from September 2009 to July 2010 sold in the Philippines are affected by the defective wiring harness.
"We have already identified the affected vehicles in the country and owners of these cars will be notified via first-class mail beginning September 15 advising them to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealership for the appropriate service action to be performed free of charge," Columbian Autocar president and chief operations officer Felix Mabilog Jr. said in a statement.
He added that Columbian Autocar's authorized service centers "are fully equipped and are already prepared to do the necessary corrective action on the defective wiring of the affected vehicles" as replacement parts are already available.
Kia customers may contact Columbian Autocar's hotline at 824-9828 for more information about the recall.
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