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Kia Recalls 145,000 Cars

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On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 11:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Kia Recalls 145,000 Cars

This week, Kia has issued a recall on 2006-2008 Optima models as well as 2007-2008 Rondo models totaling a whopping 145,755 when they were all said and done. All of these cars share the same potential defect -- a clock spring contact assembly used for the driver's air bag that may ultimately cause the air bag not to deploy in the event of a crash.  

Kia has since figured out how to fix the problem and has stated that they will, of course, fix the cars in question free of charge. Kia has also said that they will begin contacting customers in March, but owners may reach out to them beforehand with any questions.  

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Kia / Optima2006-2008
Kia / Rondo2007-2008
Manufacturer:Kia Motors Corporation
Mfr's Report Date:Jan 13, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V014000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Air Bags: Frontal
Potential Number of Units Affected:145,755


Kia Motors America, Inc. (KIA) is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Kia Optima vehicles manufactured from September 29, 2005, through January 29, 2008, and model year 2007 and 2008 Kia Rondo vehicles manufactured from September 13, 2006, through March 21, 2008. The clock spring contact assembly for the driver's side air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) may become damaged through usage over time. If the clock spring contact assembly becomes damaged, the driver's air bag electrical circuit will experience a high resistance condition potentially causing the driver's air bag to not deploy.


If the clock spring develops high resistance, in the event of a crash, the driver’s air bag will not deploy and will not be able to properly protect the driver, increasing the risk of injuries.


Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vehicle's air bag clock spring contact assembly as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2012. Owners may contact Kia Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-333-4542.


Kia's recall campaign number is SC094. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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Stephy21 | 9:07AM (Tue, Jan 24, 2012)

For them to be recalling 145,000 cars and waiting till March to do it is just absurd.


Sami18 | 9:30AM (Tue, Jan 24, 2012)

I wonder if their will ever be a time when their are no recalls, at least not this big.

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