Kia recalls 65,000 vehicles in Canada for airbag glitch

Kia recalls 65,000 vehicles in Canada for airbag glitch

Kia recalls 65,000 vehicles in Canada for airbag glitch

The agency is investigating both Kia and its affiliate Hyundai Motor Corp after the airbag flaw may have led to the death to 10 crashes involving two of the automakers' vehicles.

According to the report, the software that operates the sliding door has an error that could affect the function of the doors.

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Kia's recall includes Forte models 2010 to 2013, Optima models 2011 to 2013, Optima Hybrid models 2011 to 2012 and Sedona vehicles.

It was added that a few injuries caused by the issues have been reported. In April, Hyundai recalled an additional 425,000 US vehicles to address the same issue. The NHTSA said in March that it knew about six serious crashes linked with the airbags failing to deploy in frontal crashes, including four in 2011 model Hyundai Sonatas and two in 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte vehicles. Four people died and six were injured.

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Kia issued a statement back in March saying it "remains focused on the safety of its customers and it will work closely with NHTSA on the ongoing investigation, including monitoring and conducting additional crash testing as appropriate". Kia said it would notify owners by July 27, while Hyundai said its notification runs from April 20 to June 15.

The safety agency also said that electrical overstress appeared to be the root cause in a 2016 recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of 1.4 million USA vehicles for air bag non-deployments in significant frontal crashes. Agency documents show those vehicles had air bag computers made by ZF-TRW.

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