2012 Kia models

Kia recalls nearly 22k Borrego SUVs for brake problem

The safety recall is the automaker's fourth this year and second in two days.

Kia has announced the recall of 21,912 model year 2009 Borrego SUVS, manufactured from May 2, 2008, through January 20, 2009, due to brake issues. The recall affects Borregos equipped with non-adjustable brake pedals, because the vehicle’s pedal mounts may break off during a collision. As a result, drivers may have to stop the vehicle using the parking brake in the event of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also states that the likelihood of a second impact and personal injury is increased due to the defect.

Kia will notify owners and dealers of the recall details beginning in June 2012. Kia customers will receive a new brake pedal mount, free of charge. In the meantime, Borrego owners can contact Kia Consumer Assistance Center at 1-800-333-4542. Concerned customers may also contact the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number is 12V245000.

Although still available overseas as the Mohave, the Kia Borrego was discontinued in North America in 2009 after just one year in existence. The Borrego was Kia’s first attempt at a full-size SUV. In 2011, the redesigned Kia Sorento mid-size crossover SUV officially replaced the Borrego.

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