Kia has announced it is recalling 5,000 Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid models due to possible overheating in an electrical relay.

The Korean company said the problem was uncovered during research and development work and added that vehicles will be inspected at dealers and affected relays will be replaced at no cost to customers under this recall.

The inspection and potential replacement should take about one hour, however Kia said it is not aware of failures causing fires or injuries.

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The models affected were built between November 2016 and September 2017. Kia said it will contact all affected owners but added those concerned about their vehicle should the  Kia Customer Services team on 08000 158757 or email enquiries@kiacustomercare.co.uk.

Chris Lear, director of after sales, said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority and we are taking this action to ensure their vehicles are not affected in any way.”

More than 14,000 Niros have been sold since 2016. A revised version goes on sale in July, priced from £24,590.