Kia recalls Fortes & Forte Koups, Optimas, Optima Hybrids and Sedonas

  • Kia recalls Fortes & Forte Koups, Optimas, Optima Hybrids and Sedonas

Kia recalls Fortes & Forte Koups, Optimas, Optima Hybrids and Sedonas

A Kia recall was issued on Friday as some of the company's vehicles have issues with their airbags that may prevent them from getting deployed.

Kia Motors is recalling over half-a-million vehicles after it was discovered that an electronic glitch may prevent air bags from deploying.

The air bag flaw is tied to a federal investigation into four fatalities and six injuries in Kia and its affiliate, Hyundai, concerning crashes where the air bags failed to deploy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

NHTSA opened an investigation into the Hyundai-Kia air bag issue in March.

The defect is tied to six crashes, according to NHTSA.

The two Korean automakers have now recalled almost 1.1 million US vehicles to address the issue.

The agency says four crashes occurred in Sonatas and two happened in Fortes.

The recall covers 2010-2013 KIA Fortes, 2011-2012 Optimas and 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles.

Certain types of frontal crashes can cause the airbag control unit to short circuit.

Unfortunately, Kia doesn't have a fix for the issue yet, but it said it's already working on one with its supplier. Owners will be notified starting from the 18th of June. The agency also said it's investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.