Poorly Manufactured Tie Rods May Break Leading to a Crash
Suspension & Steering, May 20, 2005
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Our Quick Take:
On certain vehicles poorly manufactured suspension components could fail causing crash.
What Should You Do?
KIA will notify customers of affected vehicles beginning April 8, 2005. If you have not been contacted and think your car falls under this recall. You should contact your local dealership. It is helpful to have your VIN Vehicle Identification Number ready when doing so.
On certain vehicles the steering tie rods may have a metallurgical defect causing them to brake. This could lead to loss of steering and an accident. The dealer will replace the whole rack which includes the tie rods free of charge. The KIA recall # is SC-047
Manufacturer's Report Date:
May 20, 2005
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE STEERING TIE RODS MAY HAVE A MANUFACTURING FLAW THAT AFFECTS THE METALLURGY.
IF THE ROD CRACKS OR FAILS, LOSS OF VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL MAY OCCUR WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STEERING RACK ASSEMBLY, WHICH INCLUDES THE TIE ROD COMPONENTS FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED BY TELEPHONE ON APRIL 8, 2005. AN ADDITIONAL LETTER WAS SENT TO OWNERS WHO HAD NOT TAKEN THEIR VEHICLES IN FOR REPAIR. THIS LETTER WAS MAILED MAY 20, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.
KIA RECALL NO. SC-047.CUSTOMERS 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.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration