Kia recalls more than 500K vehicles; air bags may not inflate

Kia recalls more than 500K vehicles; air bags may not inflate

Kia recalls more than 500K vehicles; air bags may not inflate

According to the report, the software that operates the sliding door has an error that could affect the function of the doors.

Kia's recall issued on Friday covers 2010-2013 Kia Fortes, 2011-2013 Kia Optimas and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles.

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It was added that a few injuries caused by the issues have been reported. Hyundai says the recall now includes all vehicles with the same air bag computers. NHTSA said in March it was aware of six serious crashes in which air bags failed to deploy in frontal crashes, including four in 2011 model Hyundai Sonatas and two in 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte vehicles.

Four people died in those crashes, NHTSA says, and six others were injured.

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"NHTSA's investigation should not have even been necessary", said David Friedman, director of cars and product policy and analysis at Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

The automaker is working on a remedy and will send notices to owners June 27. The crash of the 2013 Forte occurred in Canada.

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The carmaker said that the airbag control unit may short circuit as they are susceptible to electrical overstress. The agency also said it's investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.

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