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September 15, 2011 U.S. Department of Transportation

(National) NHTSA recall notice - Kia Sorento air bags.

September 15 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Kia issued a recall for 10,631 model year 2007-2008 Sorento cars manufactured from June 15, 2006 through November 27, 2007. The front passenger air bag may be turned off when an adult is in the passenger seat. The front passenger air bag is designed to be turned off in limited circumstances, including when children and small adults are seated in the front passenger seat, there is a child restraint in that seat, or the seat is not occupied.

The vehicle's occupant classification systems (OCS) may misclassify an adult passenger as a child or child seat, and improperly turn off the air bag. When it is deactivated the "passenger air bag off" light will illuminate on the center instrument panel. In such a case, the front passenger will not have the protection of the passenger air bags in some frontal collisions, thus increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Kia will remedy this by updating the programming in the Sorento OCS control module.

Source: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls

Submitted by:
James A. Rose
Regional Threat Preparedness Coordinator
Regional Threat Preparedness Unit
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department

 

 
   

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