Kia recalls over 500,000 vehicles because air bags may not inflate

Kia recalls over 500,000 vehicles because air bags may not inflate

Certain types of frontal crashes can cause the airbag control unit to short circuit. The company does not have a fix for the issue yet but it is working with its supplier on the issue.

As Automotive News points out, the recall stems from an investigation launched a few months ago by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"Kia is now evaluating a remedy for this recall".

Hyundai recalled more than 580,000 Sonata cars in April, including 2011-2013 Sonata sedans and 2011-2012 Hybrid vehicles.

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"NHTSA's investigation should not have even been necessary", said David Friedman, director of cars and product policy and analysis at Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

Kia spokesman James Bell said the company "is attempting to have a remedy by the scheduled owner notification date of July 27".

The agency said would evaluate the Hyundai-Kia problems and will investigate whether any other vehicle manufacturers used the same or similar ZF-TRW air bag computers.

ZF said on Friday that it has worked with Kia and "continues to cooperate and support NHTSA and its customers in the investigation". All six crashes were reported to NHTSA between 2012 and 2017, but it was unclear when they occurred. Kia says there are no injuries or fatalities associated with this issue.

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