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After Discovering Defect Last Fall, Kia Begins Recall for Potential Air Bag Failure

After Discovering Defect Last Fall, Kia Begins Recall for Potential Air Bag Failure

Earlier last month, Kia Motors America, Inc. initiated a recall of over 145,000 of its vehicles because the driver’s frontal air bag may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash.  The New York Times explains that this recall “covers the 2006-8 Optima sedan and the 2007-8 Rondo wagon.”

According to the recall, damage to the clock spring assembly over time may prevent the air bag from deploying.  This greatly increases the risk of severe injury during a car accident, as properly working air bags are an essential safety component.

Although the New York Times reports that Kia said it was unaware of any injuries related to this defect, apparently Kia learned of this issue last fall when “reviewing warranty claims.”

When an airbag fails to deploy in a frontal crash it’s obviously a serious safety problem.  Having known about this problem since last fall, we are left wondering why the recall was only just announced this month.  And, moreover, why owners are expected to wait until March to receive the necessary repairs.

Faulty Airbags, Potential Lawsuits Lead to Separate Jeep and Kia Recalls

Faulty Airbags, Potential Lawsuits Lead to Separate Jeep and Kia Recalls

The Wall Street Journal reports that “Chrysler Group LLC said it is recalling 5,334 Jeep Wrangler vehicles from the 2008 through 2012 model years to fix a problem that could cause malfunctions in their airbag systems.” According to the report, this issue is limited to a small group of Wranglers which were sold in the United States with their steering wheels positioned on the right side of the vehicle. The news source explains that most of these vehicles are used for rural postal delivery.

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