BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Dongfeng Yueda KIA will recall 69,324 vehicles in the Chinese market for safety hazard concern, according to China's top quality regulator.
Starting Oct. 25, the recall will involve KX5 models with GAMMA1.6T-GDI engines manufactured between Jan. 19, 2016 and Jan. 20, 2019, according to a statement on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation.
If the defective cars are continuously driven short distances in a low-temperature environment, their oil levels may increase, leading to the illumination of the engine malfunction indicator light and even engine damage, said the administration.
Dongfeng Yueda KIA is a joint venture of Chinese auto maker Dongfeng Motor Corp. with China's Jiangsu Yueda Investment Co. and Kia, an auto maker from the Republic of Korea.
The automaker promised to upgrade the engine control unit and replace the thermostat valves of the affected vehicles free of charge to eliminate safety risks, the statement said.