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Kia Recalls 507000 Cars and Minivans Over Airbags That May Not Deploy

Kia Recalls 507000 Cars and Minivans Over Airbags That May Not Deploy

Kia Motors Corp said on Friday it was recalling more than 507,000 vehicles in the United States because an electronic glitch may prevent air bags from deploying in a crash. The recall affects Kia Fortes from the model years 2010 through 2013, Kia Optimas from the model years 2011 through 2013, Kia Optima Hybrids from 2011 and 2012, as well as Sedona vehicles.

Kia issued a statement back in March saying it "remains focused on the safety of its customers and it will work closely with NHTSA on the ongoing investigation, including monitoring and conducting additional crash testing as appropriate". Hyundai has said it will notify owners through mid-June. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars. Kia spokesperson James Bell said the company is hoping to get a fix ready "by the scheduled owner notification date of July 27 [th]".

Hyundai in February issued a recall for 154,000 U.S. Sonatas after non-deployment reports were linked to electrical overstress in the air bag control unit.

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The NHTSA opened the Office of Defects Investigation into the air bag issue related to crashes in March.

The problem also impacted Hyundai, which is affiliated with Kia. According to the NHTSA, the airbag control module in the affected cars were manufactured by German auto parts-maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG. One Forte crash happened in Canada. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.