Top Kia exec resigns over recall issue

More than 85,000 units are now being recalled worldwide

Kia Motors' vice chairman and chief executive Chung Sung-eun has reportedly resigned over the global recall of more than 85,000 Kia vehicles due to a defective wiring harness.

Chung's resigned on September 3, three days after the Korean carmaker filed a recall bulletin with the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its Kia Soul and Sorento models manufactured from September 7, 2009 to July 30, 2010, Bloomberg said.

Kia's recall bulletin said an electrical short may occur that can result in a fire when the affected vehicles' lights are illuminated under certain conditions.

Bloomberg's report said besides the 36,000 Soul and 33,000 Sorento vehicles, Kia is also recalling the 8,000 Mohave sport-utility vehicles and 8,900 Cadenza sedans, which were also manufactured between September 2009 and July 2010.

Columbian Autocar Corp., the official distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, has told that they will come up with a press statement on the recall issue "in a couple of days."

“We are still waiting for confirmation from Kia Motors that the models we sold are part of the recall,” said Palermo Soriano Jr., senior manager of Columbian Autocar's marketing services department.

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