Recalls aren’t exactly most manufacturers favorite things, but they are necessary to make sure that consumers stay safe. The most recent recall news in the small car arena affects the Kia Spectra. Kia will be recalling some 58,000 Spectra compact cars in colder climates for an issue with the fuel tanks. The recall affects 2004-2007 Spectra LD models built from November 7, 2003 through March 6, 2007. The issue isn’t the fuel tanks themselves, but the straps that hold the tanks, which can cause the tanks to fall and cause a fire.
You might have surmised at this point that the reason the recall affects cars in colder climates due to rust. For those that have ever lived in the Northeastern part of the U.S. you know that they still use salt on the roads. Salt, of course, leads to rust, which in the case of the 2004-2007 Kia Spectra leads to strap rust through and failure. According to Detroit News the documentation filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) do not state whether this problem has caused any fires or injuries. The repair is actually pretty simple, dealers will replace the fuel tank straps with zinc-coated parts and there will be no cost to the owners.
If you haven’t received notice about this recall and own a Spectra that fits the model range and location don’t panic. The notices from Kia will go out starting in June. The specific States covered by the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. However, you can get more information by contacting Kia at 1 (800) 333-4542 or the NHTSA at 1 (888) 327-4236.
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[Source: Detroit News]