Kia recalls sedans, minivans for air bag flaw

Kia recalls sedans, minivans for air bag flaw

Kia recalls over 500K vehicles, says air bags might not inflate

The automaker announced today that it will be recalling more than 507,000 vehicles in the US that contain an electronic glitch that could make the airbags fail to deploy during a crash. That's a heck of a lot of vehicles for a single recall, but it concerns a very serious issue.

The recall apparently is related to federal investigation into air bag failures in Kia and partner Hyundai vehicles that were linked to four deaths. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012. In April, Hyundai recalled an additional 425,000 USA vehicles to address the same issue. Kia spokesperson James Bell said the company is hoping to get a fix ready "by the scheduled owner notification date of July 27 [th]".

The carmaker said that the airbag control unit may short circuit as they are susceptible to electrical overstress.

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NHTSA said the air bag control module under investigation was built by ZF Friedrichshafen AG [ZFF.UL], a German auto supplier.

The 2013 Forte crash took place in Canada. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars.

ZF said on Friday that each air bag control unit "is created to a customer's particular vehicle and platform-specific specifications".

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