Kia recalls over 410,000 vehicles over airbag deployment issue

Airbags have become a particularly publicized vehicle safety equipment in recent years. Kia is now facing its own issues with the technology, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now issuing a recall notice for 410,619 vehicles in the United States, as reported CarScoops.

The recall notice as posted affects the 2017-2019 Sedona, Soul, and Soul EV models, as well as the 2017-2018 Forte and 2017 Forte Koup models. Airbag Control (ACU) may contact a memory chip on the circuit board and damage the electrical circuit. Decoding this, it looks like the metal case of the airbag controller may short out components inside, damaging the memory chip or other controller components.

Rectification must be taken care of by the dealer network, involving an inspection of the vehicle and the airbag controller. The solution to the problem is to either install a replacement unit or update the software. According to the recall notice, cars displaying an airbag warning light will receive a new airbag controller.

For those who have not displayed the issue and no airbag warning light illuminated on the dashboard, the software update will be applied instead. This reconfigures the control unit to “ensure deployment of the airbag(s) in the event of an accident that warrants such protection even if the recall condition related to DTC B1620 occurs in the future.”

Repairs will be carried out free of charge, with owners also required to be notified by mail to present the affected vehicles to a dealer. Affected owners can check if their vehicle is affected by entering the VIN on NHTSA’s recall website.

It’s also not the first big recall Kia has faced in recent years. However, it’s a good reminder that checking your car for applicable recalls is something worth doing on a regular basis, especially if you bought your car used, because in those cases the OEMs may not have your details on file. Drive carefully!

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