Kia Recall 2018: Which Models Have Airbags That May Not Inflate?

Roman Schwartz
June 11, 2018

Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the USA because the air bags may not work in a crash.

The recall affects 2010 through 2013 Fortes, 2011 through 2013 Optimas, 2011 and 2012 Optima Hybrids, and Sedonas.

Both automakers say they're working on a fix.

As Automotive News points out, the recall stems from an investigation launched a few months ago by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Kia Sedona will have to head back as NHTSA reports that there is an issue with the sliding doors that might cause injuries to the driver or passenger.

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A safety advocate questions the delay between the Hyundai and Kia recalls.

Kia spokesman James Bell said the company "is attempting to have a remedy by the scheduled owner notification date of July 27". Hyundai has said it will notify owners through mid-June.

The problem also impacted Hyundai, which is affiliated with Kia.

The air bag control units, which detect a crash and activate the air bags and seat belts, are made by ZF-TRW. According to the NHTSA, the airbag control module in the affected cars were manufactured by German auto parts-maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

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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