by Ronan Glon

2018 Kia Stinger GT First Drive - image 1


There’s no word yet on whether the issue affects cars in the United States.

Kia’s Australian division has announced it will recall and repaint every single Stinger finished in Sunset Yellow over concerns the paint could crack and flake if it receives an impact. There’s no word yet on whether the issue also affects cars registered in the United States.

“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, etcetera, etcetera, so we’ve moved very, very quickly,” Damien Meredith, the chief operating officer of Kia Australia, told website CarAdvice in an email.

He added there are approximately 50 examples of the Stinger finished in Sunset Yellow currently registered in Australia. The recall will involve completely disassembling the car, stripping it down to the bare metal and giving it an entirely new, factory-quality paint job covered by a lifetime warranty. Meredith confirmed the recall — which allegedly costs at least $7,500 per vehicle — is covered by Kia’s global warranty, meaning it’s a global issue rather than an Australian one.

His comments suggest the problem will affect cars registered in North America sooner or later. Kia hasn’t commented on the issue, but we noticed the Stinger’s configurator page no longer shows Sunset Yellow as an option.

Exterior photography by Byron Hurd.