Seat-belt recall for two Kia models

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Concerns arise over the safety of seat-belt pre-tensioners in Kia Sportage and Soul.

Two Kia models are being recalled over concerns seat-belt pre-tensioners in the vehicles may not be securely crimped.

The recall, which is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, mirrors that of a similar recall underway of the Hyundai ix35.

The Kia recall affects SL models of the Sportage and AM models of the Soul.

All of the vehicles being recalled were produced from the 23rd of August 2011 to the 31st of March 2012.

The recall notice says there is a risk that the tensioning cable may be unleashed and cause an injury to an occupant of the motor vehicle.

If the cable breaks during pre-tensioner deployment, the cable will not be able to restrain the occupant to the full capacity during an accident.

Kia Soul and Sportage owners are urged to contact their nearest Kia dealer to have their vehicle inspected and seat-belt pre-tensioner replaced if necessary.

Click to check whether your Kia Soul or Sportage vehicle is affected.

Joel Helmes