Kia recalls Sedona minivans for steering failure

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Kia has announced a recall for their 2006-2012 Sedona minivans, for an issue that could cause the steering to fail. In all, nearly 80,000 vehicles that were manufactured from June 15, 2005, through August 14, 2012 will be affected.

The cause of the Kia recall was determined to be the front control arms, which could rust over time and possibly break, due to the salt that is commonly used on roads in the northern states. If the control arms were to break, it could increase the risk of the driver to lose control of the vehicle and be involved in an accident.

Although there were no accidents or injuries reported as a result of the defect to the Korean automaker, several owners have filed complaints with the NHTSA stating that they had lost control of their vehicle, because of the defective control arm. One owner described the vehicle as being “unsteerable”. The geographic recall primarily covers vehicles that were originally sold or registered in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia

The latest Kia recall will have dealership technician inspect and replace the front control arms at no charge. If more information, or to determine if your Sedona minivan is affected, owners can contact their local Kia dealership and provide them with the vehicle identification number (VIN), located on either the driver’s side doorjamb, or the lower right corner of the windshield.

 

Source: eNews Park Forest

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