Kia will shortly contact customers of Sunset Yellow Kia Stingers to offer a full vehicle respray due to defective paintwork, the company has told CarAdvice today.
The botched paint is understood to include an oil that causes long-term durability to fail, causing easy cracking from stone chips and other incidental contact.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the facelifted Kia Sportage, Kia Australia chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said it has begun the process of contacting the 50 plus customers to advise them of defects with their paint.
"That's correct. We've contacted all of the owners. There was an issue in regards to an oil residue in the yellow which could possibly crack more when hit by a stone chip, et cetera, et cetera, so we've moved very, very quickly," Meredith said.
"As of today, we've contacted all of the customers apart from 15 I believe that we haven't been able to get a hold of at this point in time, and we've offered them to respray the car and give that paint a lifetime guarantee."
When asked whether Kia Australia would be footing the bill, or whether the defect is a global one, Meredith confirmed it's an issue that's affecting global Stinger production.
"That's covered by a global warranty."
A panel beater we spoke to suggested the cost of respraying an entire car to manufacturing standards capable of being covered by a lifetime guarantee would cost in excess of $10,000 per vehicle.
You can read more about our Kia Stinger ownership diary here.