Kia has announced a recall involving its Sorento SUVs because of an issue with the airbag sensor fault, which can lead to deactivating the front passenger airbag, classifying the occupants as children.
According to the South Korean automaker, the recall will affect the Sorento model made between June 15, 2006 and November 27, 2007. Owners of the mentioned model will have to make a trip back to the dealership to recalibrate the front passenger seat occupant classification system or OCS, which is designed to deactivate the passenger airbag when the seat is not occupied or when a child or child seat is occupying it.
Kia says that the automatic deactivation of the passenger airbag will trigger a “Passenger Air Bag Off” warning light and may also lead to the risk of front seat passenger injury in case of a frontal collision. The South Korean car manufacturer has announced that no injuries or deaths have been reported yet because of this problem.
Owners of the 2006 – 2007 Kia Sorento will have to make a trip back to the dealership to reprogram the OCS control module in the affected vehicles and the automaker says that no replacement parts are required, so the campaign starts immediately.
Customers can contact their local Kia dealer for a service appointment, call the automaker’s hotline (800) 333-4542 or contact the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) at (888) 327-4236.