Kia recall amid safety concerns

Kia recall amid safety concerns

South Korean car manufacturer Kia is recalling over 7,000 cars in the UK after a possible fault with the seatbelt was identified.

Some 5,787 Sportage and 1,432 Soul models are being called back in to be examined by engineers, after concerns were raised about a potential problem with the cars' seatbelt pre-tensioner.

Kia said all of the Sportage models affected were manufactured in its Slovakia factory between October 2011 and November 2012. The company's Kangju factory in South Korea built the Soul vehicles between August 2011 and March 2012.

The manufacturer said that no injuries had been reported that could have been caused by the possible fault, adding that it was only discovered during routine monitoring of customer vehicles.

Concerns had been raised that some pre-tensioners might not work properly because the mechanism contained a faulty piston.

Kia confirmed that the all-new Soul which was recently announced for the UK is not affected by the recall.

Copyright Press Association 2014