In a statement, the Korean automaker says improper sealing of the wire harness connector pins in the HECU, which monitors individual wheel speed and determines ABS and ESP application, can lead to corrosion and eventual shorting of the electrical circuit board if exposed to moisture, also resulting in the ESC or ABS light on the dashboard coming on. The recall involves 305 Sportages made between August 9th 2007 and May 22nd 2009.
"Most of the reports about this problem have occurred in countries with heavy snowfall, where roads are regularly treated with salt to avoid ice forming on the road surface. It is the salt in the water content that could cause the corrosion. No such incidents have been reported in South Africa," Kia South Africa Marketing Director, David Sieff said.
Owners unsure whether their vehicles are affected can enter the VIN number on Kia South Africa's website or call 010 596 2000.