In a statement, the Korean automaker stated that 1 266 Rio's made between April 10th and June fifth this year could have been fitted with out of specification length actuator cables, resulting in the locks becoming faulty when activated.
"Owners of the involved vehicles will receive telephonic notification from Kia Motors South Africa’s call centre, beginning in the week of 4 September 2017. Owners of the involved vehicles will be assisted in having their Kia dealer perform the inspection and, if necessary, repair of the rear door child locks," the statement read.
"The inspection is quick and simple, and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Should the repair be carried out, it should take no longer than one hour, although customers should be aware that the time required to inspect and potentially repair is dependent on the vehicle’s position in the work queue on the day of the booking".
Owners unsure whether their Rio could be implicated in the recall can visit www.kia.co.za and enter their vehicle's VIN, or contact Kia customer care on 010 596 2000.