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Recall 00V205000

Kia Recalls 2000 Sportage Vehicles Due to Faulty Manual Showing Improper Jump Start Diagram

Recall Details

The diagram depicting the proper location of jump starting the vehicle is inaccurate. Following the diagram instead of the text, which is written properly, could result in injury. Owners were sent an adhesive label with the correct illustration to update their owners manuals.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, September 7, 2000

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 7, 2000
NHTSA Action Number
PE00026
Potential Number of Units Affected
66,482
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
00V205000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE. THESE VEHICLES WERE DISTRIBUTED WITH OWNERS MANUALS WITH AN INCORRECT JUMP START DIAGRAM. THE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUMP STARTING ARE ACCURATE. HOWEVER, THE DIAGRAM DEPICTS THE JUMPER CABLES ATTACHED TO THE WRONG POLARITY TERMINALS. IF THE DIAGRAM WERE FOLLOWED WITHOUT REFERENCE TO THE INSTRUCTIONS, THE RESULTING IMPROPER CONNECTIONS COULD CAUSE THE BATTERY TO RUPTURE AGGRESSIVELY DUE TO INCREASED INTERNAL PRESSURES.
Consequence
THIS COULD CAUSE POTENTIAL SERIOUS INJURY TO BYSTANDERS.
Remedy
OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN ADHESIVE LABEL WITH THE CORRECT ILLUSTRATION TO PERMANENTLY AFFIX TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS MANUALS.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 7, 2000. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE ADHESIVE LABEL WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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