Kia Motors America recently announced a recall of more than 2,000 of its Sorento light sport utility vehicles from the 2018 model year, stemming from concerns related to assembly of their side curtain air bags, according to a defect filing made with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Specifically, the vehicles have side curtain air bags for both the driver and passenger sides with diffusers that can detach from the inflators during the air bag deployment process, potentially launching them inside the vehicle at high velocities and increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
All of the vehicles in the recall are expected to contain this production defect, and were manufactured from Sept. 5 to Nov. 29, 2017, but were not produced in VIN order…
Hyundai and Kia Recall 500,000 Cars Over Faulty Brake Light
Hyundai and Kia are recalling a total of approximately half a million compact cars over a brake light issue. Specifically, the recall affects 363,932 Hyundai Elantras from model years 2013-2014 and 134,366 Kia Fortes (Koup variety included) from model years 2012-2014.
According to the NHTSA filings, the foible lies with a brake pedal stopper pad that when worn out enough is at risk of leaving the brake lights lit after the driver has taken their foot off the pedal. Afflicted brake pedal assemblies may also trigger the traction control dash light, allow the driver to move the car’s shift lever without their foot on the brake, or inadvertently activate the electronic brake override…
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 342,000 model-year 2014-16 Kia Soul and Soul EV hatchbacks
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The Problem: The pinion plug may allow the pinion gear to separate from the steering gear assembly, which could result in lost steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia noted that vehicles previously remedied under older an older recall are being recalled again.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and secure the pinion plug or replace the steering gear assembly, as necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Nov. 16. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…
South Korea orders major Hyundai, Kia recall after whistleblower report
South Korea ordered Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and affiliate Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) to recall 240,000 vehicles over safety defects flagged by a whistleblower – a sharp slap on the wrist that will exacerbate reputational woes for the automakers.
The move marks the first compulsory recall ordered by the transport ministry for Hyundai and Kia, which had resisted an earlier request for a voluntary recall, and gives fresh credence to allegations made by Kim Gwang-ho, a Hyundai engineer with 26 years at the company.
The ministry has also asked prosecutors in Seoul to investigate whether the automakers allegedly covered up the five flaws, which affect 12 models, including the Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe and Genesis…
Hyundai, Kia recall over 1M vehicles for engine gremlins
Hyundai and Kia manufacture their own engines, and a recently discovered manufacturing error might send more than 1 million of those motors to an early grave.
Hyundai and Kia announced separate recalls for the same issue. Hyundai’s recall covers approximately 572,000 examples of the 2013-2014 Santa Fe and the 2013-2014 Sonata. Kia’s recall affects about 618,160 examples of the 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage…
Kia Recalls Niro Vehicles for Motor Connector Problems
Kia Motors America identified a motor connector issue that could hurt steering in 135 2017 Niro vehicles. Though only 1 percent of this group is thought to have the defect, Kia still asserted that the problem could put vehicle occupants at risk.
According to the Part 573 Safety Recall Report, the problem may stem from issues with the affected vehicles’ power steering systems. The defect traces back to assembly faults that may have damaged the motor connectors. This won’t disable steering entirely but could affect power steering, making it more difficult to drive normally.
Owners can look for an electronic power steering warning light as a possible sign that the defect is there. The vehicle production dates ranged from Dec. 23, 2016 to Jan. 11, 2017…
2016-2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 Sportage recalled for brake light glitch
Last week, Hyundai recalled some 5,600 crossovers due a wiring glitch that could cause trouble when the vehicles were towing trailers. Now, Hyundai’s sister, Kia, is recalling more than 10,000 vehicles for the very same problem.
At Kia, the issue affects 2016 and 2017 models of the Kia Sorento and 2016 models of the Kia Sportage. As with the Hyundai vehicles, Kia’s problem is rooted in a faulty trailer hitch wiring harness that can cause a trailer’s brake lights to malfunction. Specifically, the harness can cause the brake lights to remain illuminated, which makes it harder for vehicles to tell when the Kia is braking. That, in turn, can increase the risk of a Kia being rear-ended…