Kia has issued a voluntary global recall notice to drivers of its Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid compact SUV models. 

This is because an electrical relay fitted to 5020 vehicles built between November 2016 and September 2017 is prone to overheating.

The Korean manufacturer says it isn’t aware of any fire or injury resulting from the issue but nevertheless advises owners to contact its customer services department on 08000 158757 or email enquiries@kiacustomercare.co.uk to have the faulty component replaced.

A company spokesperson confirmed that the relay in question was modified for vehicles built after September 2017, as part of an ongoing development programme that continues even after a model enters production. 

The fix will be carried out at no cost to the owner and is expected to take only around an hour.

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