Kia Recalls Over Half A Million Vehicles
In March, Kia Motors issued a massive recall, affecting more than 500,000 vehicles in the United States. The issue: an electronic glitch that prevents the air bags from deploying on impact. The recall follows an announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it was investigating both Kia and its affiliate Hyundai Motor Corporation as to why air bags failed to inflate in crashes that killed four people and injured six others.
The recall covers 2010-2013 Kia Fortes, 2011-2013 Kia Optimas, 2011-2013 Kia Optima Hybrids and all Sedona vehicles. Owners are being notified the week of July 27th.
In its auto recall statement, the Kia said that the air bag control may be subject to overstress, which prevents the front air bags from deploying as well as the front seat belts from tightening and holding the driver and front passenger in place in the event of an impact. Although Kia does not yet have a solution for the problem, their engineers hope to have the situation resolved and a fix in place by the notification date. Kia spokesman James Bell stated in recent press release that if the company does not have a solution by the recall date, owners can request a rental car at the car company’s expense to use until the repair has been completed.
Hyundai recalled more than 150,000 U.S. vehicles in February and 425,000 U.S. vehicles in April for the same issue. Its recall period ended June 15, 2018. The NHTSA advised that a similar recall was issued in 2016 by Fiat Chrysler for the air bag controller on more than 1.4 million U.S. vehicles. To see if your vehicle is affected by the recalls, you can enter your vehicle’s vehicle identification number (VIN) on the NHTSA website.
“Consumer Reports” magazine criticizes Kia and Hyundai for not acting sooner and only issuing a recall after the NHTSA announcement. Says David Friedman, director of cars and product policy and analysis at Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, “Kia should have issued a recall well before today and probably right after its sister company, Hyundai, identified a similar defective airbag controller from the same supplier three months ago. NHTSA should consider fining Kia for failing to quickly report and respond to the defect.”
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