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Kia Spectra Recall 11V256000

Fuel Leak Due to Rusty Fuel Tank

Engine, April 25, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

In areas where road salt is used, the fuel tank straps could rust and break. This could cause the fuel tank to fall and contact the ground. If this were to happen, a fuel leak could develop, increasing the risk of a fire.

What Should You Do?

This should be considered a high priority recall. The fuel tank could fall to the ground without warning. Please contact your Kia dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

On vehicles driven in areas where road salt is used, the straps that secure the fuel tank may rust and break. A broken fuel tank strap could allow the fuel tank to drop and contact the ground, which could result in a fuel leak. With any fuel leak, there is always an increased risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps and attaching hardware with zinc-coated parts. This recall is scheduled to begin during June 2011. The Kia recall number is SC090.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 25, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V256000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:MOUNTING

Potential Number of Units Affected: 58,322

Summary: KIA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2007 SPECTRA LD VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2003, THROUGH MARCH 6, 2007, ORIGINALLY SOLD, OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEWHAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODEISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT CORROSION OF THE FUEL TANK STRAPS WHICH HOLD THE TANK MAY OCCUR AS A RESULT OF PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO ROAD SALT. AS A RESULT OF THE CORROSION, ONE OR BOTH STRAPS MAY SEPARATE ALLOWING THE FUEL TANK TO CONTACT THE GROUND AND POSSIBLY DISRUPT THE INTEGRITY OF THE TANK.

Consequence: THE FUEL TANK CAN FALL FROM THE VEHICLE AND STRIKE THE GROUND WHICH COULD CAUSE A FUEL LEAK. LEAKING FUEL CAN CREATE A FIRE HAZARD.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK STRAPS AND ATTACHING HARDWARE WITH NEW ZINC COATED PARTS. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.

Notes: KIA SAFETY RECALL NO. SC090. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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