Defective Hood Latch May Impede Visibility in Kia, Hyundai Vehicles

Kia is recalling about 220,000 vehicles, while Hyundai includes about 81,000

Defective Hood Latch May Impede Visibility in Kia, Hyundai Vehicles
Image: Hyundai
June 14, 2016

An issue impacting the hood latch has prompted vehicle recalls from a pair of automakers.

Kia Motors is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Sedona vehicles, while Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2016 Tucson vehicles. In the affected models, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Kia and Hyundai are including about 220,000 and 81,000 vehicles, respectively, in the recalls.

The manufacturers will notify owners and dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle's location and the condition of the latch. The repairs will be performed free of charge. Kia's recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016, while Hyundai is targeting July 15, 2016.

Owners with questions about these recalls can contact Kia at (800) 333-4542 and Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460.