Airbag Concerns Lead to Kia Forte, Sedona and Soul Models Recall in U.S.

Korean automaker Kia introduced the U.S. recall of greater than 410,000 autos attributable to electrical errors that cease airbags from deploying throughout a crash.

Kia mentioned 2017 and 2018 Forte small vehicles and 2017 to 2019 Sedona minivans and Soul small SUVs, in addition to the electrical Soul are included within the recall. According to the Associated Press, Kia posted paperwork on January 28, 2022, stating U.S. security regulators turned conscious of the issue in Korea in July 2021.

According to the AP, Kia says the airbag management laptop cowl is ready to contact a reminiscence chip. This can injury {the electrical} circuit, which causes the airbags to fail to deploy throughout crashes, elevating the danger of accidents or dying.

There have been 13 buyer complaints and 947 guarantee claims reported to Kia, in accordance with paperwork. No crashes or accidents have been reported concerning the complaints and claims.

One of the autos is the 2017 Kia Forte Koup, which has had three remembers and 140 complaints. The newest airbag criticism is from January 25, 2022, through which the airbags didn’t deploy as meant.

The 2018 Kia Forte has had three remembers and 44 complaints. During a June 17, 2020, crash, the airbags didn’t deploy.

Another automobile is the 2018 Kia Sedona Van. The van has been recalled 3 times and 13 complaints are reported. According to an proprietor, on January 19, 2019, the automobile’s airbag lights would flicker on and off or completely keep on when the automobile was in use and the dealership knowledgeable the proprietor it was because of the passenger airbag circuitry.

The 2018 Kia Soul SUV has had one recall however 80 complaints. An proprietor was in a automobile accident on July 11, 2020; nevertheless, the airbags didn’t deploy. The 2019 Kia Soul SUV had the identical drawback, with the airbags not deploying in a December 23, 2021, accident. The 2019 SUV had one recall and 25 complaints.

A Kia airbag recall contains the Forte, Soul, and Sedona fashions, largely all from 2017-2019. Above, an indication with the Kia emblem displayed at a Hyundai dealership on April 7, 2017, in San Leandro, California.
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According to the Allstate web site, house owners have three choices relating to calls being recalled. The first possibility is to restore the automobile for free of charge to the proprietor; nevertheless, if the issue is deemed unfixable, the second possibility is to interchange the automobile with an equivalent automobile or an identical mannequin. The third possibility is for the producer to refund the proprietor for the acquisition worth of the automobile, however an affordable quantity for depreciation is allowed to be deducted.

According to the AP, sellers are to examine the airbag management laptop cowl and both replace the software program or change it. Allstate suggests calling producers or private service middle for choices given for recalled autos.

Owners will obtain notification March 21 within the mail of a recall, and within the meantime can examine Kia’s web site for remembers, which prompts the VIN variety of a automobile, or go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web site with the yr, make, mannequin or VIN of their automobile to see earlier remembers and complaints.

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The Kia Soul from 2017-2019 has an airbag recall. Above, a 2018 Kia Soul.

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