Recall roundup: Kia Sorento for gear shift problems image

Kia is currently conducting a recall affecting several units of the Sorento because of an issue which may allow them to accidentally shift out of park.

Owners of the 2011 to 2013 Kia Sorento will not be glad to find out that they will have to take a trip back to the dealers because of an issue. According to the NHTSA, in the affected vehicles, if excessive force will be applied to the gearshift lever, it may crack the brake-shift interlock mechanism and this will allow the transmission to be shifted out of park.

“In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack allowing the transmission being able to be shifted out of “Park” without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, ‘Theft Protection’”, said the NTHSA in its recall summary of the problem.

If this happens, the model may be shifted out of park unintentionally, without pressing the brake pedal, allowing it to roll away and increasing the risk of a crash. The affected Kia Sorento vehicles have been produced between the 19th of October, 2009, and the 31st of January, 2013. Owners of these SUVs will be notified by Kia and dealers will be replacing the brake-shift interlock mechanism, free of charge. The recall will begin on the 24th of November, 2015. A total of 377,062 units are affected. Owners can contact Kia Customer Service at 1-800-333-4542 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for any extra details on the topic.