Kia Recall Notices & Safety News (2022)


Potential Number of Units Affected28,065

Summary

Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2016 Sedona and Sorento vehicles. The vehicles may have been manufactured with faulty automatic transmission shift lever assembly components, preventing the shift lever from locking, which can allow the vehicle to rollaway. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of a crash and injury.

Remedy

Dealers will inspect and replace the automatic transmission shift lever assembly components, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 7, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC246.

Potential Number of Units Affected257,998

Summary

Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2013 Optima vehicles. The right and left headliner plates may not be secured properly, which can result in the plates detaching in the event of a side curtain air bag deployment. A plate that detaches during a crash may strike an occupant, increasing their risk of injury.

Remedy

Dealers will secure the headliner plates, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed September 26, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC245.

Potential Number of Units Affected17,199

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Sorento Hybrid and 2022 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid vehicles. In the event of a crash, the front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belt pretensioner(s) may explode upon deployment. An exploding seat belt pretensioner can project metal fragments into the vehicle, striking vehicle occupants and resulting in injury.

Remedy

Dealers will secure the seat belt pretensioners with a cap, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 19, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC241. This recall expands and replaces NHTSA recall number 22V-127. Vehicles already repaired under the previous recall will need to have the new remedy completed.

Potential Number of Units Affected9,014

Summary

Kia Motor America (Kia) is recalling certain 2022 EV6 vehicles. A software error in the Shifter Control Unit (SCU) may disengage the parking mechanism, which can allow the vehicle to rollaway. Vehicle rollaway can increase the risk of a crash or injury.

Remedy

Drivers are recommended to park their vehicles on level ground and avoid parking on a slope/inclined surface whenever possible until the remedy has been performed. Dealers will update the Shifter Control Unit software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 25, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC236.

Potential Number of Units Affected30,362

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling all 2014-2016 Cadenza vehicles. During manufacturing, the front windshield may not have been properly bonded to the vehicle, allowing it to detach. A front windshield that detaches from a vehicle can increase the risk of a crash or injury.

Remedy

Dealers will inspect the front windshield glass. If necessary, the windshield will be removed and reinstalled. Repairs will be performed free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 13, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC232.

Potential Number of Units Affected128,280

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2014 Soul vehicles. The front air bags may not deploy during a crash if the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) loses communication with the front impact sensors. Front air bags that do not deploy as intended can increase the risk of injury in a crash.

Remedy

Dealers will update the ACU software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 15, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC229.

Potential Number of Units Affected72,848

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Optima vehicles that were previously repaired under NHTSA recall number 20V-100. The low pressure fuel hose may be damaged, or missing heat-protective tape, which can result in a fuel leak. A fuel leak can increase the risk of a fire.

Remedy

Dealers will replace the low pressure fuel hose, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 15, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-33-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC228.

Potential Number of Units Affected126,747

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2016-2018 K900 and 2014-2016 Sportage vehicles. The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) module could malfunction and cause an electrical short, which could result in an engine compartment fire. An engine compartment fire while parked or driving can increase the risk of injury.

Remedy

Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures until the recall repair is complete. Dealers will install a new fuse for the HECU circuit board, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 31, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC227.

Potential Number of Units Affected410,619

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Sedona, Soul, Soul EV, 2017-2018 Forte, and 2017 Forte Koup vehicles. The Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) cover may contact a memory chip on the printed circuit board and damage the electrical circuit. Circuit damage may result in deactivated air bags that will not deploy in a crash. Air bags that do not deploy as intended can increase the risk of injury in a crash.

Remedy

Dealers will inspect the ACU, and either update the software or replace the unit, as necessary. Repairs will be performed free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 21, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC226.

Potential Number of Units Affected2,956

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2022 Carnival vehicles. The remote controller assembly for the passenger-side power sliding door may malfunction, preventing the passenger-side sliding door from securely latching. A power sliding door that fails to latch may open while moving, increasing the risk of injury.

Remedy

Dealers will replace the passenger-side power sliding door release actuator’s drum and holder inside the remote controller assembly, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 16, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC221.

Kia Recall History

Check your Kia’s Vehicle Identification Number or VIN at KBB’s Car Recalls above.

Over the past few years, Kia cars and crossovers have been recalled for faulty trailer hitch modules, power sliding doors, oil seal leaks, faulty steering systems and improperly assembled accelerator components. Among the highlights:

Kia has recalled 27,029 model year 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid SUVs for a fault with the Hydraulic Clutch Actuator (HCA), where the inner oil seal may leak possibly resulting in an electrical short and increased risk of fire. As the recall is so new, there is no completion rate data at this time.

Kia has a campaign involving 10,212 of their 2017 Sportage models equipped with an accessory trailer hitch that has a faulty module that may cause the trailer brake lights to be constantly illuminated. As of April 2018, there is a completion rate of 62-percent.

There is also a Kia recall of 106,428 model year 2017 Kia Sedona minivans for a power sliding door that may not auto-reverse. The recall began in June 2018. There is no data of completion rates.

Kia also recalled 12,361 model year 2016 Kia Sorento SUVs for an improperly soldered component in the accelerator assembly, that may cause an inability to accelerate the vehicle, resulting in an increased risk of crash. As of July 2016, there was a completion rate of 97-percent.

Over 340,000 2015 Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV SUVs were recalled for a significant fault in the steering system, where the steering gear may separate. The pinion plug may allow the pinion gear to separate from the steering gear assembly, increasing the risk of a crash. As of April 2018, the completion rate stood at 43-percent.

Contact Kia Customer Service at 1 (800) 333-4542 for more information.


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