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Kia to Recall 105,000 Rio Cars in Russia

Russian subsidiary of Kia has launched a voluntary recall of around 105,000 cars due to a possible airbag malfunction, a government regulator announced.

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The recall affects Kia Rio models assembled between 2013 and 2018 at the Hyundai Motor Group factory in the Russian city of St Petersburg, according to Russia’s federal agency for technical regulation and metrology (Rosstandard). The statement reads:

“The reason for the recall of vehicles is the SRS warning light on the instrument panel is lit. An internal malfunction of the airbag module is possible.”

Kia has undertaken to contact the owners of 105,405 vehicles offering a fix to the problem, Rosstandard added.

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Rio is a popular car in Russia, the production of which started at Kia’s St. Petersburg plant in August 2011 initially as a sedan. The production of hatchback version commenced at the same plant in January 2012. By October 2016, the Rio had achieved 500,000 units production milestone in Russia. It remained the most popular vehicle in the segment for several months in a row and is still among the most sought-after cars in Russia.

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