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Kia recalls 12,000 Sportage models for incorrect tire pressure label

Kia has announced it is voluntarily recalling nearly 12,000 of its Sportage compact crossovers to fix a label that lists an incorrect tire pressure.

The recall affects 11,961 Sportage vehicles from the 2014 model year. The crossovers recalled have a sticker on the driver’s side center pillar that lists a suggested tire pressure that is one to two PSI below the correct number, Kia said.

If consumers followed the incorrect label and filled their tires with too little air, the tires could wear incorrectly, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kia is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of this issue, the South Korean automaker said in a statement.

Kia will notify owners of affected vehicles in February, and dealers will install a new sticker free of charge. The company will also hand out a second corrected sticker for the owner’s manual.

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