Kia announced Friday(15/09/00),a voluntary recall of 1998 Sportage sport-utility vehicles to replace the manifold catalytic converter.

A total of 20,439 Sportages will be recalled after Kia discovered that a weld on the manifold catalytic converter could crack. If the manifold catalytic converter cracks, exhaust leakage and noise would occur, and the vehicle would fail a vehicle inspection or a registration renewal emission test. This is not a safety-related recall.

Sportage owners are being asked by mail to bring their vehicle to a Kia dealership so that the manifold catalytic converter can be replaced. The two-hour procedure will be done at no charge.

Kia Motors America is the U.S. sales, marketing and service arm of Kia Motors Corp. of Seoul, South Korea.