Kia Recalling 500K Vehicles

Kia recalls sedans, minivans for air bag flaw

Kia recalls sedans, minivans for air bag flaw

The automaker announced today that it will be recalling more than 507,000 vehicles in the USA that contain an electronic glitch that could make the airbags fail to deploy during a crash.

The recall apparently is related to federal investigation into air bag failures in Kia and partner Hyundai vehicles that were linked to four deaths.

Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling almost 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths.

If you're the owner of a 2010-2013 Kia Forte, 2011-2013 Kia Optima, 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivan, you need to pay attention to this.

Certain types of frontal crashes can cause the airbag control unit to short circuit.


In total, over one-million vehicles have been recalled since the investigation was announced in March and Kia says it does not yet have a fix. Kia's recall is scheduled to begin on July 27.

Hyundai recalled more than 580,000 Sonata cars in April, including 2011-2013 Sonata sedans and 2011-2012 Hybrid vehicles.

The safety agency also said that electrical overstress appeared to be the root cause in a 2016 recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of 1.4 million USA vehicles for air bag non-deployments in significant frontal crashes.

NHTSA's investigation remains open, the agency said in a statement Friday afternoon. The agency also said it's investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.

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