The South Korean based automaker Kia has recently announced a recall for the 2005 – 2007 Rio model in the United States, because of a problem with an airbag.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 73,000 units of the Kia Rio will be affected by this problem and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to fix it. The NHTSA is saying that the recall is affecting the 2006, 2007 and 2008 model years and the affected Kia Rio models have been manufactured between the 20th of February 2005 and the 9th of December 2007.
The 2005 – 2007 Kia Rio vehicles will have to be taken back to the dealers over-seas because of a problem with the front passenger airbag which can’t detect whether a child is sitting in the front seat or not, meaning that the airbag could inflate during a crash and injure the child. The South Korean based automaker isn’t aware of any injuries related to this issue and customers are being told to avoid placing children in the front seat. The recall is expected to begin in July and the airbag sensor will be replaced free of charge.