By Dave Lee on April 29, 2011
Kia is recalling 58,322 Kia Spectra sedans from the 2004-07 model years because the straps that hold the fuel tank may corrode, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects Spectra LD vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
In the affected vehicles, road salt may cause the fuel-tank straps to corrode. If one or both straps separate, the fuel tank may fall from the vehicle and hit the ground, causing a fuel leak.
The recall is expected to begin in June. Dealers will replace the fuel-tank straps and attaching hardware with new zinc-coated parts at no charge. For more info, owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.