Kia Recalls Over 500,000 Vehicles Over Airbag Flaw

Kia’s recall issued on Friday covers 2010-2013 Kia Fortes, 2011-2013 Kia Optimas and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicle.

kia motorsKia Motors is recalling over half-a-million vehicles after it was discovered that an electronic glitch may prevent airbags from deploying. The recall affects 2010-2013 Fortes, 2011-2013 Optimas, 2011-2012 Optima Hybrids, and Sedonas.

The recall follows an announcement in March by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it was investigating why some air bags had failed to deploy in Kia vehicles and its affiliate Hyundai Motor Corp after crashes in which four people were killed and another six were injured.

The issue also affected over 580,000 2011-2013 Hyundai Sonata sedans and 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrids.

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 for the problem. The investigation began after four people were killed and six others were injured in accidents with two of the automaker’s vehicles.

The company said the air bag control unit may short circuit because they may be susceptible to electrical overstress, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners, which pull the driver and front seat passenger firmly back into their seats, from deploying.

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