Kia Recalls Sedona Vehicles With Possibly Damaged Wire Harness Affecting Air Bag Deployment

if the wires are damaged, the air bag will still deploy in the event a child seat is in the front passenger seat

Kia Recalls Sedona Vehicles With Possibly Damaged Wire Harness Affecting Air Bag Deployment
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March 6, 2019

Kia is recalling certain 2015-2018 Sedona vehicles with manually-adjusted front passenger seats. Over time, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) wiring harness located underneath the front passenger seat may bend from the weight of the passenger on the seat cushion. Over time, repeated bending can break the wire harness, causing the ODS to not suppress the front passenger airbag in certain conditions.

What's the problem?

The wiring harness underneath the front passenger seat which connects the Occupant Detection System (ODS) unit to the mat sensor is kept in place by clips. When the seat is occupied by a passenger, the weight of the passenger on the seat cushion may cause the wire harness to bend. Over time, repeated bending can break the wire harness. If the wire harness breaks, the ODS will not suppress the front passenger airbag.

The recall condition was corrected in production on July 3, 2017 when the harness clip closest to the ODS control unit was removed. However, the seat cushions produced prior to this date may have been used in the vehicle production through July 17, 2017.

What happens next?

Kia will notify owners and dealers will remove the wire harness clip to prevent the wiring harness from breaking. If the harness is found damaged, the front passenger seat cushion will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC175.