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Kia faulty brake light recall to affect 25,000 vehicles in UK

The recall affects a variety of models built between 2006 and 2011 UK including the previous model Carens, Sedona, Sorento and Sportage, some current Sorento and Soul models, and a very small number of Optima models.

The company says its on-going monitoring of vehicle operations and Research and Development checks have discovered that in certain circumstances the faulty switch may cause the vehicle's rear brake lights to not illuminate – or may not turn off after the brake pedal is released.

The problem is caused by carbonisation on the switch contacts that can lead to the electric current being interrupted. The problem does not affect the braking performance or the operation of anti-lock brakes in any way.

Kia Motors (UK) Limited is not aware of any accidents being caused by this problem.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Kia and will be invited to take their vehicles to their local dealer where the switch will be replaced free of charge. The switch change takes just a few minutes to complete and no other work is required.

Any owner can contact Kia Customer Services on 0800 0158757 for further information.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.