Kia recalls 500,000 vehicles in the USA due to airbag glitch

Kia recalls 500,000 vehicles in the USA due to airbag glitch

Kia Motors is recalling over half-a-million vehicles after it was discovered that an electronic glitch may prevent air bags from deploying.

The move came after a March announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), stating that the agency was investigating a number of crashes linked to this issue.

In total, the two Korean automakers have now recalled almost 1.1 million US vehicles to address the issue.

The 2013 Forte crash took place in Canada. The campaign affects the 2010-2013 Forte, 2011-2013 Optima and 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid and Sedona.

"Kia should have issued a recall well before today and probably right after its sister company, Hyundai, identified a similar defective airbag controller from the same supplier three months ago", Friedman added.


A safety advocate questions the delay between the Hyundai and Kia recalls. In April, Hyundai recalled an additional 425,000 US vehicles to address the same issue.

Kia spokesman James Bell said the company "is attempting to have a remedy by the scheduled owner notification date of July 27".

In a statement Friday, ZF-TRW said the air bag control units sent to Kia were designed and built according to Kia specifications.

In May of previous year, NHTSA opened an investigation into whether Hyundai and Kia moved quickly enough to recall more than 1.6 million cars and SUVs because the engines can stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

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