Kia recalls 65,000 vehicles in Canada for airbag glitch

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2018

KIA is recalling more than half a million vehicles in the USA due to an electronic glitch that may prevent air bags from deploying in a crash.

The recall covers about 507,587 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website.

Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling almost 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths. NHTSA said in March it was aware of six serious crashes in which air bags failed to deploy in frontal crashes, including four in 2011 model Hyundai Sonatas and two in 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte vehicles.

The 2013 Forte crash took place in Canada.

Kia says in government documents that a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer.

Unfortunately, Kia doesn't have a fix for the issue yet, but it said it's already working on one with its supplier.

DETROIT Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the US because the air bags may not work in a crash.

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

NHTSA's investigation remains open, the agency said in a statement Friday afternoon.

In March, NHTSA said it was investigating if other automakers used similar air back control units and if they could pose a risk.

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