Kia Recalling 10,631 Sorento SUVs for Faulty Airbag Sensors

By Jacob Brown | September 15, 2011
Kia Motors is recalling Sorento SUVs from the 2007 and 2008 model years to replace a faulty airbag module in the front passenger seat that may not properly detect passengers in the case of a collision. The recall affects 10,631 Kia Sorrentos manufactured between June 15, 2006 and November 27, 2007. The airbag module sensors in the Kia Sorento’s passenger seat are designed to stay deactivated when a child or smaller individual sits up front. Because of the defect, those sensors in passenger seats may not activate for adults, creating a potentially more dangerous situation in the case of a front-end collision. Front passengers may notice a light on the dashboard indicating the airbag is turned off despite sitting on the seat. Kia will send out notifications for repair work on the seat sensors to be done free of charge at its dealerships. For further information, contact the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration’s safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) and reference campaign number 11V473000. Owners can also contact Kia’s customer service line directly at 1-800-333-4542 and reference campaign number SC076.