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Kia Recalls 5,000 Forte Units

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On: Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 5:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Kia Recalls 5,000 Forte Units

For some time now, Kia has been making quite the climb up the caste system of car companies, from lowly newcomer on to serious contender for entry-level supremacy.  But over the course of time, even the best efforts of things don't always go as planned. Those of you who may own a 2013 Forte model built between September 10–October 31 of 2012 may be victim to some of those unplanned events. It seems that there are a total of 5,245 Forte models that may have been produced with seatbelt retractor retainer plates that have screws that weren't properly tightened.

As one can imagine, if the screws holding the retractor retainer plates for the seat belts in place are loose, it could cause some serious problems, the biggest of which begins with the chance that the plates may break in the event of sudden stress, say if a crash occurs. If the plates break, they could fly about the cabin and cause injury, and/or they could cause the passenger to be injured because the belts will not be able to perform as needed.

Kia has said they will notify owners late this month and will bring the cars in to inspect the belt assemblies. If needed, they will replace both front assemblies for free. Read on for the full report ...


NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V312000
Component(s): SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,245
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

SUMMARY:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2013 Forte vehicles manufactured September 10, 2012, to October 31, 2012. The screws that hold the front seatbelt retractor retaining plates may not have been properly tightened, and as a result, the seatbelt retractor retaining plates may break in a crash.

CONSEQUENCE:
If a retaining plate breaks during a crash, pieces of the plate could strike the occupants, increasing risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace both front seatbelt assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 30, 2016. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC132.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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