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Kia Recall
June 15, 2018


Kia Motors America (KMA) is voluntarily recalling the following vehicles (approximately 507,587 vehicles):

·       certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte

·       certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte Koup

·       certain 2011-2013 Kia Optima

·       certain 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid; and

·       certain 2011-2012 Kia Sedona

The problem involves the airbag control unit (ACU) that detects crash severity and commands deployment of the advanced airbags and seatbelt pretensioners when necessary. The recalled vehicles are equipped with an ACU that contains a certain application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that may be susceptible to electrical overstress during certain frontal crash events. If the ASIC becomes damaged from electrical overstress, the front airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy in certain frontal crashes where deployment may be necessary, thereby increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants. The repairs will be completed at no charge and owners will be notified starting June 18th. To see if your Kia is part of the recall go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

Previous Recalls

May 28, 2018

On May 25th Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announced a recall that will affect an estimated 4.8 million U.S.-market vehicles to upgrade software in their Powertrain Control Modules. The upgrade addresses an unlikely sequence of events that would compromise cruise-control functionality.
 
In response to driving conditions such as varying road grades, cruise-control systems automatically initiate acceleration, as needed, to help vehicles maintain driver-selected speeds.
 
In certain vehicles, if such an acceleration were to occur simultaneously with a short-circuit in a specific electrical network, a driver could be unable to cancel cruise-control. However, if this sequence of events were to occur, cruise-control acceleration can be overpowered by the vehicle’s brakes.
 
The vehicle may also be stopped by shifting it into neutral and braking accordingly. Regardless of the mitigation strategy, the vehicle may be placed in park once it has stopped, at which point cruise-control is cancelled.
 
FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents involving the affected vehicles, which span six model-years and account for more than 200 billion travel miles. A remedy is available through a network of engaged dealers. Customers are urged to follow the instructions on their recall notices.
  
The remedy will be provided free of charge. FCA US will begin alerting affected customers as early as next week so they may schedule service appointments.
 
The Company advises affected customers to avoid using cruise control until their vehicles are equipped with the upgraded software. The recall, which is limited to vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and gasoline-powered engines, involves:

  • 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
  • 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
  • 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
  • 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
  • 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
  • 2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV
  • 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
  • 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
  • 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler
  • 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
  • 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis

Customers with concerns may contact their dealers or call the FCA US Recall Information Center at 866-220-6747 or check the NHTSA website to see if there are any recalls on your vehicle. https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls    

Ford has issued a critical warning that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags are an immediate risk to safety.  Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free repair. Ford announced that it will send mobile repair teams to owners’ homes, tow vehicles to a local dealership for repair, and provide loaner vehicles – all free of charge.

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking the media and the public to help spread the word. It’s critical that this message reaches all affected owners. NHTSA’s top priority is safety; it is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately.

In addition, NHTSA urges consumers to not drive the following vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately:
 

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot
  • Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive)
  • Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive) 


New test data on the defective Takata air bag inflators in these vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment than for other recalled Takata air bags.

If you own one of these vehicles, search the Recalls Look up using your vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm that the vehicle has an unaddressed recall and needs a repair. If it does, immediately call your dealer to schedule a free repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available.

How To Find Out If You’re Affected By A Recall
 

Click here for the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) Recalls page.  Have your Vehicle Identification Number ready.