Kia Motors is recalling 9,700 new Sorento SUVs in Canada and the U.S., the automaker said Thursday. They are being recalled due to the defective drive shaft which could fail, leading to power loss.
On Aug. 14, Kia's parent company Hyundai also said that it would recall about 20,000 units of its new Santa Fe that have the same problem.
Kia's recall involves 2014 models with 2.4-liter engines and front-wheel drive made from Jan. 7 to Mar. 12 this year, the carmaker said. It was found that the right axle drive shaft could crack, which could cause the vehicle to lose power or roll away when parked.
"No crashes or injuries linked to the issue have been reported so far. The problem is caused because the axle shaft is not hard enough, and we fixed the defect after we found the problem early this year," the company said.
Although the components are manufactured in Korea, they are not used on the Sorento and Santa Fe sold here, so the recall does not affect the vehicles in the domestic market.