March 8, 2001 |
Kia Motors America Inc. has been sued by a trio of law firms alleging that defective front brake systems on the company's 1998-2000 Sephia sedans caused premature wear resulting in expensive repairs. The suits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were filed on behalf of individual Sephia owners but seek class-action status to cover owners of all 204,415 Sephias sold in the U.S. in the three model years.
November 11, 2000 |
Irvine-based Kia Motors America said Friday that it is recalling all 1998- and 1999-model Sephia compact sedans sold in the U.S. to replace a potentially faulty vapor-recovery valve in the fuel system. The recall affects a total of 100,137 vehicles. Kia spokesman Geno Effler said owners will be contacted by mail and asked to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealer for replacement of the valve. The U.S. arm of Kia Motors Corp.
November 24, 1999 |
Kia Motors of America said Tuesday that David & Goliath, a newly formed advertising agency based in Los Angeles, will take over its account in February, replacing Goldberg Moser O'Neill. Kia last week parted company with GMO, saying that the San Francisco-based agency lacked the resources needed to handle the Irvine-based car maker's anticipated growth. David & Goliath, which is opening offices in West Los Angeles, was formed on Nov.
November 18, 1999 |
Kia Motors America said Wednesday it has fired San Francisco's Goldberg Moser O'Neill as its advertising agency--a surprise move just weeks after the car maker publicly praised GMO for helping raise its public profile with an ongoing series of humorous ads. Kia said it already is negotiating with another agency, which it did not name, and hopes to seal a deal in the next few weeks.
October 30, 1999 |
Kia Motors America Inc. is recalling 5,273 of its 1995 Sportage sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. to replace the catalytic converter. The Irvine-based company said the converters, part of the vehicle's emission control system, were subject to "premature deterioration." A faulty converter could cause the vehicles to fail government smog inspections, Kia said. Catalytic converters reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions.
September 29, 1999 |
The ads are edgy, aimed at provoking laughs, even a few groans, from viewers. They have also generated piles of irate letters, phone calls and e-mail messages to the car company that airs them, Kia Motors America Inc. The Irvine-based unit of Kia Motors Corp. of South Korea bucked anti-Korean-car sentiment when it started selling in the U.S. in 1994.