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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2017 Cadenza vehicles; SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Report Receipt Date: MAR 16, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V190000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 47 

MARCH 2017 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Cadenza vehicles. The brake vacuum hose on the affected vehicles may kink, reducing braking performance. Reduced braking performance can lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake vacuum hose, replacing it as necessary, free charge. The recall began on April 17, 2017. Kia's number for this recall is SC146. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles; ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Report Receipt Date: MAR 31, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V224000 
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 618,160 

APRIL 2017 -- Kia Motor Company (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine. Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, replacing it necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 25, 2017. Kia's number for this recall is SC147. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2017 Niro vehicles; STEERING
Report Receipt Date: MAR 10, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V159000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 135 

MARCH 2017 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Niro vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a damaged Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) connector resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance. Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the MDPS motor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017. Kia's number for this recall is SC145. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia Motors America is recalling certain 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles; ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Report Receipt Date: NOV 10, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V815000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71,704 

NOVEMBER 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured August 9, 2007, to May 13, 2009. The wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit. If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion, if no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced. If corrosion is present, the dealer will replace the HECU assembly and the connector cover, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC138. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2016 Kia Sorento vehicles; SEATS
Report Receipt Date: OCT 24, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V770000 
Component(s): SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,408 

NOVEMBER 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured March 3, 2016 to March 21, 2016. The driver's seatback frame may have been produced with inadequate weld joints and, as a result, the seatback may not function as designed in the event of a rear-end collision. In the event of a crash, the driver seatback frame could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant, increasing the risk of injury. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the welds and replace the driver seatback frame, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 9, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC140. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2016 Kia Optima vehicles; POWER TRAIN
Report Receipt Date: OCT 03, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V705000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 12,21

OCTOBER 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Optima vehicles manufactured November 13, 2015, to April 23, 2016 and equipped with a 2.4l engine. The right front axle driveshaft may crack and fail. If the driveshaft cracks and separates from the vehicle, it will not be able to move forward. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied upon exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll. Either scenario can increase the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front axle driveshaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 29, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC139. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2016 Sorento vehicles; SUSPENSION 
Report Receipt Date: JUN 29, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V480000 
Component(s): SUSPENSION 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,901

JULY 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Sorento vehicles. A component of the rear suspension may not be properly welded. The improper weld may break, affecting the rear suspension alignment, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the welds at the rear suspension cross-member, replacing the rear cross-member assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began July 27, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC137. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2006-2012 Kia Sedona vehicles; SUSPENSION  
Report Receipt Date: JUN 01, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V387000 
Component(s): SUSPENSION 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 97,884 

JUNE 2016 -- Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 Kia Sedona vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2005, through August 14, 2012 and originally sold in, or currently registered in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may break due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use. A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners and dealers will replace the front lower control arms on 2006-2007 models. 2008-2012 models will either have their front lower control arms replaced or additional anti-corrosion coating will be applied. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to began on July 25, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC133. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Kia Sedona vehicles; LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES 
Report Receipt Date: JUN 01, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V389000 
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 219,800 

JUNE 2016 -- Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Kia Sedona vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2005, through April 04, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Kia will notify owners and dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle's location and the condition of the latch. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016. Kia's recall number is SC134. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2013 Forte vehicles; SEAT BELTS
Report Receipt Date: MAY 17, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V312000 
Component(s): SEAT BELTS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,245 

JUNE 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2013 Forte vehicles manufactured September 10, 2012, to October 31, 2012. The screws that hold the front seatbelt retractor retaining plates may not have been properly tightened, and as a result, the seatbelt retractor retaining plates may break in a crash. If a retaining plate breaks during a crash, pieces of the plate could strike the occupants, increasing risk of injury. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace both front seatbelt assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 30, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC132. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2016 Kia Optima vehicles; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: APR 21, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V231000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17 

MAY 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Optima vehicles manufactured November 10, 2015, to February 12, 2016. In these vehicles, a chemical enhancer required for the for the second stage deployment of the driver's frontal air bag was not loaded, resulting in the second stage not deploying in necessitating crashes. If the second stage air bag does not deploy it increases the risk of injury or death. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC131. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2015-2016 K900 vehicles; EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Report Receipt Date: APR 12, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V210000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,099 

APRIL 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 K900 vehicles manufactured December 18, 2013 to January 11, 2016 and equipped with LED headlights. In the affected vehicles, when using the multi-function light switch in "AUTO" mode, electrical resistance may build in the switch and result in the headlights flickering or turning off when driving.Loss of headlight illumination may reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the multi-function switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 27, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC130. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011 Forte vehicles; POWER TRAIN 
Report Receipt Date: FEB 05, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V070000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,240 

FEBRUARY 2016 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2011 Forte vehicles manufactured August 27, 2010, to November 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a transmission fluid cooler hose that may have been improperly manufactured, resulting in a transmission fluid leak. If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission cooler hose, free of charge. The recall began March 30, 2016. Kia's number for this recall is SC129. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia Motors America is recalling certain 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles; STEERING 
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V736000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 256,459 

NOV 2015 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles manufactured January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly. If the pinion gear separates, there would be a loss of steering which could increase the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the pinion plug that secures the pinion gear. Dealers will also install a set bolt for additional reinforcement. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 22, 2015. Kia's number for this recall is SC125. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles; POWER TRAIN 
Report Receipt Date: OCT 06, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V626000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 377,062 

OCT 2015 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured October 19, 2009, to January 31, 2013. In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack allowing the transmission being able to be shifted out of "Park" without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection." Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll, which may result in a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 24, 2015. Kia's number for this recall is SC124. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2011 Sportage vehicles; SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Report Receipt Date: JUN 09, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V360000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,722 

JUNE 2015 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2011 Sportage vehicles manufactured March 7, 2011, to June 8, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the brake light switch may intermittently fail. Whenever the brake switch is not working, the brake lights will not illuminate, reducing the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions of stopping, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Kia's number for this recall is SC121. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2014-2015 Soul and Soul electric vehicles; VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL 
Report Receipt Date: MAR 02, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V123000 
Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 208,858

MARCH 2015 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Soul and Soul electric vehicles manufactured July 21, 2013, to January 8, 2015. A section of the accelerator pedal may bend and fracture. If the vehicle has a bent or broken accelerator pedal, the driver may have difficulty accelerating the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will add a supporting rubber underneath the pedal stopper, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 24, 2015. Kia's number for this recall is SC116. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2014 Kia Forte vehicles; ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Report Receipt Date: JAN 16, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V015000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 86,880 

JANUARY 2015 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured December 5, 2012, to April 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt. If the cooling fan resistor overheats and melts, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire. Kia will notify owners, and for vehicles produced from December 5, 2012 to January 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. For vehicles produced from January 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multi-fuse unit only. Owners of vehicles with a 1.8L engine will also have the engine control unit software updated. The recall is expected to begin February 24, 2015. Kia's number for this recall is SC113. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Kia Soul vehicles; STRUCTURE
Report Receipt Date: DEC 29, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V822000 
Component(s): STRUCTURE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 95,314 

JANUARY 2015 -- Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Kia Soul vehicles manufactured January 8, 2009, to October 2, 2013, equipped with a sun roof. A headliner plate may detach during deployment of the curtain air bag. A detached headliner plate may increase the risk of injury to the occupant during a vehicle crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will install industrial adhesive strips to secure the headliner plates, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 2, 2015. Kia's number for this recall is SC112. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Soul vehicles; STEERING GEAR
Report Receipt Date: JUN 17, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V332000 
Component(s):  STEERING GEAR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 51,641 

JULY 2014 -- Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Soul vehicles manufactured July 21, 2013, through January 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may loosen due to an improper application of thread-locking adhesive during the assembly process. As a result, the pinion gear can separate from the steering gear assembly, causing a loss of steering, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pinion plug with a new pinion plug which has properly applied thread-locking adhesive, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Kia's number for this recall is SC108. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2014 Cadenza vehicles; WHEELS
Report Receipt Date: MAY 30, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V289000 
Component(s):  WHEELS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,107 

JUNE 2014 -- Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Cadenza vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, through August 27, 2013, and equipped with 19" non-chrome aluminum wheels. The wheels on the affected vehicles may fracture from impacts such as large, deep potholes. A wheel fracture could cause the circular rim to separate, resulting in a loss of tire pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheels with new wheels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Kia's number for this recall is SC107. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia Motors is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Sportage vehicles; TIRES; RIMS, EQUIPMENT
Report Receipt Date: JAN 27, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V023000 
Component(s):  TIRES; RIMS, EQUIPMENT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11,961 

FEBRUARY 2014 -- Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, through January 11, 2014. The certification label has incorrect tire pressure information printed on it, listing a specification that is 1 or 2 psi below the correct information. Thus, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars." Maintaining tire pressure below the recommmend specification could result in premature tire wear, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will correct the label information, and owners will also receive a sticker to put into the owners manual, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2014. . Kia's recall campaign number is SC103. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling certain 2006-2012 Kia Sedona vehicles: SUSPENSION
Report Receipt Date: NOV 05, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V550000
Component(s): SUSPENSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 79,867

NOVEMBER 2013 - Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 Kia Sedona vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2005, through August 14, 2012 originally sold in, or currently registered in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia or the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may break due to corrosion resulting from prolonged exposure to salty environments. A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the degree of corrosion of the front lower control arms, and will either rustproof or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Kia's recall number is SC100. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2014 front wheel drive Sorento vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 13, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V356000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,345 

AUGUST 2013 - Kia Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2014 front wheel drive Sorento vehicles manufactured January 7, 2013, through March 12, 2013; and equipped with 2.4 liter engines. Due to a manufacturing issue, the right front axle shaft may fracture. A fractured front axle may result in a loss of power to the wheels. Additionally, if the vehicle is parked without the parking brake applied, it may roll away. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front axle shaft assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2013. . Kia's recall number is SC099. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Kia is recalling 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, 2007-2011 Sorento, 2007 Sedona, 2010-2011 Soul, and 2011 Optima vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V114000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 623,658 

APRIL 2013 -- Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate. Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Hyundai and its Kia are recalling more than 1.8 million cars and SUVs in the United States
Yahoo News  @ April 3, 2013

APRIL 2013 -- Hyundai Motor Corp and its Kia Motors affiliate are recalling more than 1.8 million cars and SUVs in the United States to address a potentially faulty switch and a loose headliner, according to U.S. safety regulators.

Hyundai is recalling 1,059,824 cars and SUVs and Kia 623,658 vehicles from model years 2007 through 2011 to replace a switch that could malfunction and increase the risk of a crash, according to documents filed with U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A Kia spokesman in the United States said the company was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue and did not have any information on whether the recall was being done in other countries. A Hyundai spokesman in the United States said there had been no reports of accident or injuries.

In addition, Hyundai is recalling 186,254 Elantra cars from model years 2011 through 2013 to apply adhesive strips to prevent the headliner from becoming displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment, the NHTSA said. The Hyundai spokesman said there was one report of a minor injury, a cut ear, related to the issue.

In the larger recall, the malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights not to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed, or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by pressing the brake pedal, the NHTSA said.

The switch may also cause intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, prevent the shifter from being moved out of the park position, allow the driver to move the shifter out of park without applying the brake, or cause the electronic stability control malfunction light to illuminate, according to NHTSA documents.

Failure to illuminate the brake lights or disengage cruise control could increase the risk of a crash, while disabling the brake-transmission interlock could result in a vehicle rollaway, the NHTSA said.

The South Korean automakers are notifying owners, and dealers will replace the switch at no cost.

The affected Hyundai models include 2007-2009 Accent cars and Tucson SUVs, 2007-2010 Elantras, 2007-2011 Santa Fe SUVs, 2008-2009 Veracruz SUVs, 2010-2011 Genesis coupes and 2011 Sonata cars, according to the NHTSA.

The affected Kia models include 2011 Optima cars, 2007-2010 Rondo crossovers, 2007 Sedona minivans, 2007-2011 Sorento crossovers, 2010-2011 Soul cars and 2007-2010 Sportage SUVs.

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NEWS:  Kia is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Rio vehicles
YAHOO  NEWS -- June 6,  2012

JUNE 2012 --  Kia is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Rio vehicles, manufactured from February 20, 2005, through December 9, 2007. The front passenger seat occupant sensor mat can experience fatigue cracking. If sufficient cracking occurs, the occupant classification system (ocs) will cease to function such that the system will not be able to detect whether a child passenger is in the seat and the airbag will deploy during a crash necessitating deployment. Air bag deployment with a child in the front passenger side seat increases the risk of injury to that child. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ocs seat sensor mat, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during july 2012.  Kia's safety recall campaign number is sc097. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.  12V-244

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NEWS:  Kia is recalling certain model year 2009 Borrego vehicles

JUNE 2012 --  Kia is recalling certain model year 2009 Borrego vehicles, manufactured from May 2, 2008, through January 20, 2009, equipped with non-adjustable brake pedals. Certain pedal mounts may have a fiberglass composition that allows them to break off in a collision where the impact has not immobilized the vehicle, which would then allow the vehicle to roll. If this occurs, the driver would need to stop the vehicle with the parking brake or experience a possible second impact, increasing the risk of personal injury. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal mount, free of charge. The recall will begin during June 2012. Kia's safety recall campaign number is sc096. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov  12V-245

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NEWS:   Kia recalls 146,000 U.S. vehicles for airbag issue 
YAHOO NEWS -- January 24  2012

JANUARY  2012 -- Kia Motors America, inc. (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Kia Optima vehicles manufactured from September 29, 2005, through January 29, 2008, and model year 2007 and 2008 Kia Rondo vehicles manufactured from September 13, 2006, through March 21, 2008. The clock spring contact assembly for the driver's side air bag supplemental restraint system (srs) may become damaged through usage over time. If the clock spring contact assembly becomes damaged, the driver's air bag electrical circuit will experience a high resistance condition potentially causing the driver's air bag to not deploy. If the clock spring develops high resistance, in the event of a crash, the drivers air bag will not deploy and will not be able to properly protect the driver, increasing the risk of injuries. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vehicle's air bag clock spring contact assembly as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during march 2012.   Kia's recall campaign number is sc094. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to ttp://www.Safercar.Gov .  12V-014

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SEPTEMBER 2011 -- Kia is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Sorento passenger cars manufactured from June 15, 2006, through November 27, 2007. The front passenger air bag may be turned off when an adult is in the passenger seat. The front passenger air bag is designed to be turned off in limited circumstances including when children and small adults are seated in the front passenger seat, there is a child restraint in that seat or the seat is not occupied. The vehicle's occupant classification system (OCS), which classifies the occupant in the front passenger seat, may misclassify an adult passenger as a child or child seat and improperly turn off the passenger side air bag. When the air bag is deactivated the "passenger air bag off" light will illuminate on the center instrument panel. The passenger side air bag is turned off when the OCS misclassifies an adult passenger. With the front passenger airbag off, the front passenger will not have the protection of the passenger air bags in some frontal collisions, thus increasing the risk of occupant injury. Kia will update the programming in the Sorento OCS control module at no charge. The recall remedy is currently available under service campaign SC076.   11V-473

APRIL 2011 -- Kia is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Spectra LD vehicles manufactured from November 7, 2003, through March 6, 2007, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. There is a possibility that corrosion of the fuel tank straps which hold the tank may occur as a result of prolonged exposure to road salt. As a result of the corrosion, one or both straps may separate allowing the fuel tank to contact the ground and possibly disrupt the integrity of the tank. The fuel tank can fall from the vehicle and strike the ground which could cause a fuel leak. Leaking fuel can create a fire hazard. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps and attaching hardware with new zinc coated parts. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011.   11V-256

APRIL 2011 -- Kia is recalling certain model year 2011 Sorento 2WD vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and 2.4L engines manufactured from the start of production through May 22, 2010. The intermediate shaft may suffer from noise and excessive wear due to a misalignment of the intermediate shaft with the right side output gear. Continuing to drive the vehicle in this condition leads to the development of a whirring/whining noise and can eventually cause damage to the automatic transmission. Damage to the transmission may cause loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the right side output gear and intermediate shaft free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011.  11V-258

MARCH 2011 -- Kia is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Optima vehicles manufactured from September 29, 2005, through June 13, 2007. There is a possibility that the shift cable may have been installed incorrectly, causing tension in the cable. If present, this condition could cause the cable to detach from the shifter assembly's dowel pin preventing the transmission from being shifted. The shift lever can then be moved into the park (P) position while the vehicle's transmission is still in the last used gear before detachment. f the driver leaves the vehicle without engaging the parking brake, there is a possibility that the vehicle can roll injure a person in its path or cause a crash. Dealers will inspect the shift cable and reinstall if necessary free of charge. The safety recall began on March 23, 2011.    11V-153


NEWS:   Kia recalls Spectra small cars due to fuel tank problem

YAHOO NEWS -- April 29,  2011 – Kia Motors Corp. is recalling more than 58,000 Spectra compact cars registered in cold-weather states because the gas tanks could fall off and cause a fire.

The recall affects Spectra LD models from the 2004 to 2007 model years in 20 states and Washington, D.C., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Friday.

The cars, built from Nov. 7, 2003, through March 6, 2007, have straps that hold the gas tank to the frame. When exposed to road salt, the straps can rust and the tank can fall to the ground, causing a fuel leak and possibly a fire.

Kia said in a statement Friday it is not aware of any fires caused by the problem.

Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps with zinc-coated parts at no cost to owners. Kia will mail letters to car owners in June, after dealers get parts to fix the problem.

The problem affects cars registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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NEWS:   Kia recalls 70,000 Optimas for transmission defect

YAHOO NEWS -- March 11,  2011 – Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 Optima midsize sedans to fix transmission problems that can cause the cars to roll even while they're in park.

The cars are from the 2006 through 2008 model years and were built from Sept. 29, 2005 to June 13, 2007.

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia said that on some of the cars, a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly and can become detached from the shifter. If the cable comes off, the car would stay in the last gear used even if the driver puts the transmission in park, the documents said.

"If the driver leaves the vehicle without engaging the parking brake, there is a possibility that the vehicle can roll, creating the risk of a crash," Kia said.

No injuries have been reported from the problem, but Kia has concluded that under "extraordinary circumstances" the cars could roll inadvertently.

Kia plans to start the recall this month and will notify owners by mail. Drivers will be told to always use the parking brake when shifting the transmission into park "especially until they can take their vehicle to the dealer," the documents said.

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NOVEMBER 2010 -- Kia is recalling certain model year 2011 Sorento vehicles manufactured from September 14, 2010, through October 4, 2010. Some of the rear brake calipers may not have been properly machined. As a result, brake fluid will leak, followed by illumination of the malfunction indicator light indicating the brake fluid level is low and should be checked, then a soft or spongy brake pedal feel, and if not serviced, reduced braking power which could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear calipers and replace it if necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2010.   10V-599

NEWS:   NHTSA opens investigations into Honda, Kia vehicles

DETROIT NEWS -- November 29,  2010 –  Washington— The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened investigations into electrical issues on the 2006 Honda CR-V and shifting issues with the 2007 Kia Optima.

The probes — both opened after just three complaints — are the latest examples of how federal safety regulators are opening more investigations into potential safety issues than in recent years and moving faster than in the past.

In the first, NHTSA is investigating 150,000 2006 Honda CR-V models after reports of melting or burning of the master power window switch and related electrical system wiring components. All three complaints alleged fires in the driver's door related to the driver's master power window switch.

Separately, NHTSA is also probing 41,000 2007 Kia Optima models over complaints that the automatic transmission shift cable may detach from the shifter assembly. If this occurs, the transmission gear shifter becomes inoperative.

NHTSA said it had received three complaints concerning automatic transmission shift cable detachment and inability to engage the gears (park, drive and reverse) in model year 2007 Kia Optima vehicles. "One of the complaints also reported is a rollaway incident after parking the vehicle," NHTSA said.

In 2007, Kia Motors issued a technical service bulletin concerning incorrectly installed automatic transmission shift cables in certain model year 2006 and 2007 Kia Optima vehicles. The bulletin said that over time these cables can detach from the shifter assemblies' dowel pins resulting in the inability to select or engage drive gears. NHTSA noted that difficulty engaging park may also occur.

Honda and Kia didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

NHTSA came under harsh criticism from Congress earlier this year in the wake of Toyota Motor Corp.'s sudden acceleration issues and the disclosure that NHTSA had not done more to force Toyota to make fixes in response to complaints.

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AUGUST 2010 -- Hyundai-Kia is recalling certain model year 2010 Soul and model year 2011 Sorento vehicles manufactured from September 7, 2009 through July 30, 2010. A limited number of wiring harnesses supplied by JCI and used for the lighting in the KIA Soul vehicle's advanced lighting speakers, located in the front door trim panels, and the KIA Sorento vehicle's interior accent illumination, located in the front and rear door trim panels, may have been improperly soldered. When the lights are illuminated under certain conditions, an electrical short may occur that can result in a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harnesses for the lights in the KIA soul vehicle's advanced lighting speakers, and the wiring harness forthe KIA Sorento vehicle's interior accent illumination. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2010.   10V-388

NEWS:   Gov't probing steering problems in 2010 Kia Soul

YAHOO NEWS -- AUGUST 16, 2010 -- The 2010 Kia Soul, a boxy vehicle that has been marketed to urban motorists, is being investigated by government regulators for potential loss of steering control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday on its website that it had received one complaint alleging complete steering loss. The preliminary investigation covers more than 50,000 vehicles.

The complaint said the steering shaft detached from the steering wheel, leading to a complete loss of steering, and the shaft fell into a position that interfered with the driver's ability to brake.

The government agency seldom opens an investigation based on one complaint but said it was "very concerned about this failure in that it occurred without warning on a new vehicle at low mileage and resulted in a complete loss of steering as well as a compromised brake system."

The owner who filed the complaint had driven the vehicle for two months and had 4,300 miles on it.

John Crowe, Kia Motors America's vice president for service, said in a statement the company was cooperating with the investigation and trying to determine if there was a manufacturing cause to the problem. He said the incident that led to the complaint did not result in an accident or injury.

The South Korean automaker launched the Soul in early 2009 and has posted strong sales for the funky compact wagon, helped by a memorable advertising campaign featuring rapping hamsters dressed in baggy clothes and hoodies.

The Soul was among 27 vehicles from the 2010 model year that received the "top safety pick" award from the Virginia-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Vehicles are selected for providing the best protection in front, side and rear crash tests based on Institute evaluations during the year.

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MAY 2009 -- Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) is recalling 36,538 Model Year 2001-2004 Optima vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,  Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Road salt applied in these states during the winter months may result in progressive, internal corrosion of the front subframe. Over time, such subframe corrosion near the connection to the lower control arm can lead to wheel misalignment and/or other noticeable stress in steering, or accelerated abnormal tire wear. Corrosion of the front subframe could lead to separation, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. KMC will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2009. Owners may contact Kia"s Consumer Assistance Center at 1-800-333-4542.  09V-183

APRIL 2009  --  Huyndai-Kia is recalling 139,844 MY 2006-2007- Sedona, Sportage, Sorento and MY Rondo and Amanti vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause the brake lights to remain illuminated when the brake pedal is released. A stop lamp switch malfunction may also affect theoperation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature so the transmission shifter would not be able to be shifted out of the park position. It may also cause the electronic stability control (ESC) malfunction light toilluminate, and it may not deactivate the cruise control when the brake pedal is depressed. Any of these malfunctions, alone or in combination, may lead to a crash. Dealers will replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May and June of 2009. Owners may contact Kia"s Consumer Assistance Center at 1-800-333-4542.  09V-130

SEPTEMBER 2008 -- Kia is recalling 6,680 MY 2008-2009 Rondo LX and EX vehicles equipped with a 2.4 liter engine. The fuel pump may not operate properly resulting in not enough fuel getting to the engine. Poor engine starting, engine hesitation and other impairment may result, and the check engine light may illuminate. Unusually severe impairment while driving could expose the driver to the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the fuel pump sub-assembly with an improved part. The recall is expected to begin during October 2008.  08V459


NEWS October 7, 2005 --  ConsumerAffairs.com

Automakers are recalling 450,000 vehicles.for a range of defects reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 74,276 Sedona minivans from 2002 to 2004 model years equipped with power seats because the wiring under the front seats could potentially cause a fire.