Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Kia recalls 507,000 vehicles in US for air bag issues

Kia recalls 507,000 vehicles in US for air bag issues

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

Kia is recalling more than 500,000 cars and minivans in the US because the air bags could fail in a crash.

Kia's recall includes Forte models 2010 to 2013, Optima models 2011 to 2013, Optima Hybrid models 2011 to 2012 and Sedona vehicles.

The carmaker said that the airbag control unit may short circuit as they are susceptible to electrical overstress. Kia said it would notify owners by July 27, while Hyundai said its notification runs from April 20 to June 15.

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

Kia Motors Corp. plans to recall more than 500,000 cars in the United States this summer to fix an air bag flaw linked to a federal investigation into fatal crashes.

The agency says four crashes occurred in Sonatas and two happened in Fortes. The parts supplier issued a statement saying it's cooperating with the government's investigation, The Associated Press reported. The agency also said it's investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.

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