The latest batch of recalls posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration surrounds the rear brake calipers on the 2011 Kia Sorento, and the fuel pump wiring connector on the 2009-2010 Mazda5.
The Problem: Kia discovered that a number of its new Sorentos have improperly machined rear brake calipers.As a result, brake fluid can potentially leak, increasing the possibility of an accident. Owners of affected vehicles will see a warning light andnotice a soft or spongy brake pedal feel.
The Fix: Owners will be notified of the recall later this month, and will be asked to bring their vehicles into a dealership for inspection. If the rear calipers are faulty, a new set will be installed free of charge.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 7697 2011 Sorentos built between September 14 and October 4, 2010. Kia says less than half of those vehicles, however, will need to have calipers replaced.
The Problem:A number of vehicles may not have had all of the water removed from the fuel pump connector after checking the fuel system for leaks. This could cause the connector to corrode and eventually fail, which could in turn starve the engine of fuel.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect potentially affected Mazda5s and will replace the fuel pump if necessary. Mazda will begin contacting owners by December 11.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 16,200 Mazda5s built between June 29, 2009, and April 28, 2010.