Some 4650 Kia Sorento 4x4s are being recalled by their UK importer over two safety related issues. The bigger portion of notices, accounting for 3,500 of the number, relate to the possibility that the car's alternator pulley could seize, causing the alternator drive belt to be displaced, and resulting in over-heavy steering and braking effort being required. Kia is promising to replace the faulty pulley at no cost to the owner.
The remaining 1,152 cars require replacement automatic transmissions due to the possibility that a retaining ring inside the gearbox has worked its way loose, allowing the car to roll forward whilst in reverse gear. Again, Kia is pledging to replace the gearbox free of charge.
Sorento owners are being contacted by letter; those wishing to find out if their car is included should contact their local dealer, or phone 0118 945 8545.