Speedo Anger for Kia

 Kia, the South Korean car manufacturing owned by Hyundai Motor Group, have received a major set back with their city-speedster the ‘Sportage’. Volumes of customers have been complaining that the Speedometer kilometer is too faint to read and is causing them distress.

For any driver going where KPH speed signs are shown instead of MPH, this may pose a particular threat. However, Kia claim that they have met all of the restrictions as the speedo does what it is intended for. They run the risk of receiving points or paying a fine due to speeding.

The argument seems to have been focused on the faint Kia mostly in car forums whereby volumes of people can discuss particular topics. The general consensus seems to be that there are several cars in today’s market that don’t accommodate the need for a KPH reading with sufficient thickness or brightness of lettering.

Current legislation requirements are –

UK –  The vehicle shall be fitted with a speedometer capable of indicating speed in mph at uniform intervals not exceeding 20 mph at all speeds up to the maximum speed of the vehicle and capable of being read by the driver at all times of the day or night.

EU –  The vehicle shall be fitted with a speedometer capable of indicating speed in mph at uniform intervals not exceeding 20 mph at all speeds up to the maximum speed of the vehicle and capable of being read by the driver at all times of the day or night.

Kia’s speedo ticks the relevant boxes for both EU and UK legislation and therefore legal action cannot be taken. Kia seem relentless to admit that the speedo is not as fit for purpose as it needs to be and are leaving their customers playing the guessing game. Overall, Kia will suffer in terms of popularity with the disregard for consumer safety and the performance of their cars.

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