WASHINGTON - Now that the Daewoo brand is defunct, fixing recalled cars in the United States poses a challenge.
Owners of more than 180,000 Daewoo cars built for the 1998-2002 model years are receiving notices to have vehicle camshaft position sensors inspected and possibly replaced.
An estimated 27,000 cars are thought to have faulty sensors. They are prone to overheat and could start engine compartment fires, say documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recalled cars are 1998-2002 Lanos, Nubira and Leganza models.
Ben Rainwater, vice president of Daewoo Motor America, says about 400 former Daewoo dealers still service Daewoo vehicles. Most had multiple franchises and stayed in business even after Daewoo Motor Co. Ltd. stopped shipping cars to the United States.
In areas where no former Daewoo dealers are available, the company is directing car owners to authorized service centers, Rainwater says.