Kia Recalls Sorento Vehicles Due to Gear Shift Lever Defect

Kia Recalls Sorento Vehicles Due to Gear Shift Lever Defect
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October 15, 2015

A major auto manufacturer is issuing a recall for an SUV with a brake-shift defect.

Kia Motors America announced this week that it would be recalling about 375,000 model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles. In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack, allowing the transmission being able to be shifted out of "Park" without the brakes being depressed.

Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of "Park", allowing it to roll, which may result in a crash and potential injury.

In addition, the defect puts these vehicles in noncompliance with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 24, 2015.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542.