This is the summary of the withdrawal from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling select Sedona, Soul, Soul EV, 2017-2018 Forte, and 2017-2019 Forte Koup vehicles. The Airbag Control Unit (ACU) cover can come into contact with the memory chip on the printed circuit board and damage the circuitry. Circuit failure can result in decommissioning airbags that will not deploy in the event of a crash.
Kia said the problem surfaced in South Korea last July. The company received 13 customer complaints and 947 guarantee request. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries were reported.
Dealers will check the Airbag Control Unit and update its software or replace it. As always with recalls, the work will be done for free.
Owners will be notified by mail starting March 21. Owners can also contact the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit www.nhtsa.gov.
When it comes to airbag recalls, now is the perfect time to remind you of a separate issue: Tens of millions of vehicles from multiple automakers are fitted with them. Takata airbags and are still being recalled – with 67 million units, this is the largest vehicle recall in history. But millions of Americans don’t know they’re driving the vehicles affected by the recall, because they weren’t the original owners and the manufacturer’s recall notice never reached them. Please take a moment to check NHTSA Takata Recall Dashboard, and enter your vehicle’s VIN to determine if you are affected by the pending recall.