Kia Recalls Over Half A Million Vehicles Over Non-Deploying Airbags

Daniel Fowler
June 11, 2018

Kia is recalling about half a million vehicles in the U.S.to fix a defect that may cause air bags and seat belts to malfunction in a crash.

Kia Motors America is recalling 507,587 model year 2010-2013 Kia Fortes & Forte Koups, model year 2011-2013 Kia Optimas, and model year 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrids & Sedonas.

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

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The government investigators looked into a problem which seemed to have kept the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from working in certain vehicles made by Kia and its sister brand/parent company Hyundai. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars. Kia said it would notify owners by July 27, while Hyundai said its notification runs from April 20 to June 15.

NHTSA's investigation remains open, the agency said in a statement Friday afternoon. NHTSA said in March that it was aware of six serious crashes in which air bags failed to deploy in frontal crashes, including four in 2011 model Hyundai Sonatas and two in 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte vehicles. According to the NHTSA, the airbag control module in the affected cars were manufactured by German auto parts-maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

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