Kia Recalls Sorento: Kia Recalls SUVs
Published: October 16, 2015
Kia Recalls Sorento: Kia Recalls SUVs, Kia Motors America is recalling hundred of thousands of its Sorento SUVs over a transmission issue that allows the car to be shifted out park without the driver’s foot on the brake.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns this issue could result in a car rolling away unexpectedly, possibly causing a crash. Three injuries have been reported in connection with the problem.
By law, to shift a car out of park, the brake must be depressed, according to the NHTSA. The problem occurs in the Sorento models when the gear shifter is pushed too hard, causing a piece to crack.
The recall affects 377,062 vehicles manufactured between Oct. 19, 2009 and Jan. 31, 2013.
An investigation was launched by Kia in August when the automaker received a letter from a lawyer stating a child had moved the SUV out of park. The vehicle started to roll in a parking lot and pinned a child in between the SUV and parked vehicle. The boy suffered a broken leg.
The automaker will start to replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism starting Nov. 24 free of charge. Kia will notify owners and dealers.
Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4546, referencing recall SC124.
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