COLOMBIAN Autocar Corporation (CAC), the authorized distributor of Kia cars in the Philippines, has recalled 2,379 units of Carnival VQ vehicles to upgrade their integrated circuit modules (ICM).
In a Sept. 10 letter to the Trade Department’s Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau posted on the agency’s website, CAC President Elena Mari Ginia R. Domingo said the local recall covers only certain vehicles belonging to a production batch of Carnival VQ models.
Ms. Domingo said the move, which began on Sept. 17, “is in line with the recall program being conducted worldwide by KIA Motors Corporation for the [ICM] only, which has been improved to avoid the ICM relay box from getting damaged.”
ICMs in automotives serve as a microcontroller for a vehicle’s system to ensure smooth information handling and safety actions.
Owners of the Carnival VQ are advised to contact the company to know if their unit is affected by the recall. A list of the vehicle identification numbers is posted on the DTI website’s advisories section.
All parts and services in the recall are free of charge, Ms. Domingo added.
Incorporated in May 1994, CAC currently has 39 dealerships nationwide. The Carnival VQ is the second generation type for Kia’s minivan types. — Janina C. Lim