Critical Safety Systems on More Than 500,000 Kia Vehicles May Fail During Crash

the air bag control unit may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying

Critical Safety Systems on More Than 500,000 Kia Vehicles May Fail During Crash
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June 8, 2018

More than 500,000 model year 2010-2013 Kia Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima, and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles have been recalled.

What's the problem?

In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) on the recalled vehicles may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.

If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants during a crash that necessitates deployment of these critical safety systems.

What happens next?

The remedy for this recall is still under development. Kia says that the recall is currently scheduled to begin on July 27, 2018.

Vehicle owners with questions about this recall should contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542.

Kia's reference number for this recall is SC165.