South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are combined recalling about 9,500 vehicles to repair a brake component that may cause brake fluid to leak, impairing braking ability, according to federal safety officials.

The defect is caused by improperly machined rear brake calipers that may allow fluid to leak. The loss would trigger a warning light and result in spongy brake-pedal feel, increasing the risk of a crash, according to a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

The recall affects 1,783 Hyundai Santa Fe models, made from Sept. 28 to Nov. 25, and 7,697 Kia Sorento midsize sports-utility vehicles manufactured from Sept. 14 through Oct. 4. Both vehicles are from the 2011 model year. The Kia and Hyundai models are based on the same platform, and both are manufactured at Kia Motors' assembly plant in Georgia.

As part of the recall, dealers will inspect the rear calipers and replace them if necessary at no cost to vehicle owners.

Owners of affected vehicles will begin receiving notices this month, NHTSA said.

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Thier probably getting there car parts made in China like Ford/GM and Chysler. They have little understanding of quality, and if automakers would control that I'm sure China could make QUALITY items. The great rip off $24.00 for a $2.oo part including shipping!!!

December 14 2010 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kia and Hyundai finally got even with Toyota!! Japan and Korea may have lost wars but look how they are winning now!! Ombama should INCREASE the duties on all imported merchandise (Cars,Electronics,Toys,CLOTHING-what was the last piece of clothing that you bought made here in the U.S.A.? Heck Levis are even made overseas) and charge manufactures from other countries duties even if the product is made here!! Want a good car...BUY AMERICAN!!

December 13 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply