Kia Motors Corp., a Seoul-based car and truck maker, said it's recalling 32,653 Sephia compact sedans to fix a defective hose that could cause the car to fail emissions tests.
Sephias made between July 1, 1995, and Nov. 4, 1996, have hoses that are deteriorating prematurely, Kia said. That could cause them to fail tests necessary to renew automobile registrations.
Kia said it will notify Sephia owners by mail that repairs will be made free of charge at a Kia dealership.
Kia Motors America, the North American import and distribution arm of the auto maker, is based in Irvine.