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Kia recalls over 118,000 minivans from U.S. roads

July 22, 2005

DETROIT (Reuters) – Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 118,447
Sedona minivans in the United States because their throttle
cables can get stuck, causing the vehicles to maintain speed or
accelerate inadvertently, federal safety regulators said on
Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the
problem occurs in winter driving conditions, when water on the
throttle cable can freeze, potentially causing the cable to
jam.

Under the recall, which is expected to begin in September,
dealers will modify a protective sleeve around the throttle
cable, NHTSA said.

Kia is an affiliate of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co.
Ltd., which has carved out a growing share of the U.S. market
in recent years and won accolades for improvements in vehicle
quality.




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