July 22, 2005

Kia recalls over 118,000 minivans in U.S.

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

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.