Kia Motors is recalling (Audi) 86,880 Forte sedans in the US due to a cooling fan resistor can overheat and melt, increasing the risk of fire, according to documents filed by US safety regulators cars. The recall includes certain model year 2014 Forte compact sedan and is expected to begin on February 24, according to documents posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and retirees multifuse drive cars on the market, and the owners of vehicles with a 1.8-liter engine will also have the software control unit upgraded engine, according to the documents. The automaker in South Korea reported several incidents of fire engine that could be linked to resistance, but no accidents or injuries, according to the documents.
Kia Motors representative was not immediately available for comment. Meanwhile, the German automaker Volkswagen AG recall 80,000 cars in its luxury division Audi due to problems with the fuel injection system, Audi said Saturday, adding that about 35,000 of the affected vehicles are from China. The cars were made between April 2011 and April 2012, and “rare cases customers may notice a smell of fuel in affected vehicles,” Audi said in a statement via email.
China is the largest market for Audi. But on Tuesday, official data showed the world’s second largest economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in 2014, as well as luxury sales have been paralyzed by a crackdown on official corruption and lavish spending. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua, citing the country’s quality watchdog, said local Volkswagen joint venture, China FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd, the withdrawal will begin on March 20, affecting several Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi A6 , Audi A7 and Audi Q7 models.