Following information in March that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was wanting into experiences of defective air luggage in automobiles made by Kia and its affiliate Hyundai, Kia has introduced its recalling greater than half a million automobiles in the U.S. due to the subject.
The NHTSA determined to examine the matter after studying of six accidents in which 4 individuals died and one other six have been injured. In every of the crashes, the airbags failed to deploy due to an obvious digital glitch, Reuters reported.
Kia is recalling 507,000 automobiles in all, together with 2010-2013 Kia Fortes, 2011-2013 Kia Optimas, and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona automobiles. In April, Hyundai recalled 425,000 Sonata automobiles in the U.S. over the subject. This adopted the recall of 154,000 Sonatas two months earlier, in reference to the identical drawback.
Kia says it doesn’t but have a repair for the airbag subject. On its web site, the Korean firm stated that as quickly as a treatment is confirmed, all homeowners might be notified by mail with directions relating to restore. It says that letters will exit from July 27, 2018, including, “In the interest of the safety of your passengers, as well as your own safety, please contact your Kia dealer to arrange for the recall repair to be conducted as soon as you are notified of the availability of a recall remedy.”
As to whether or not it’s OK to proceed driving one among the affected automobiles, Kia spokesperson James Bell informed Reuters that if the firm doesn’t have a treatment by July 27 or if any buyer feels unsafe in their car, the firm “will provide a rental car until the repair has been completed.”
The airbag system at the heart of the recall is manufactured by German agency ZF Friedrichshafen, which is cooperating and supporting the NHTSA’s investigation.
The previous few years have seen a number of remembers by quite a few automakers round the world. In March, Ford recalled 1.three million automobiles due to a fault with the steering wheel, whereas in February, Toyota recalled 65,000 vehicles over “improperly fastened bolts” and one other subject affecting automobiles’ Vehicle Stability Control System.
BMW, too, recalled almost 12,000 automobiles after discovering it’d installed the wrong software, whereas a comparatively new participant in auto manufacturing, Tesla, has additionally had to subject several recall notices.
Kia’s airbag drawback is separate to the extra well-known Takata scandal, whose defective airbags led to the biggest recall in history, affecting greater than 50 million automobiles from 12 automakers. Takata filed for bankruptcy in 2017.