Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Kia Sedona Sliding Doors Out Of Control, Recall Issued

Kia Sedona Sliding Doors Out Of Control, Recall Issued

NHTSA said the air bag control module under investigation was built by ZF Friedrichshafen AG [ZFF.UL], a German auto supplier.

According to the report, the software that operates the sliding door has an error that could affect the function of the doors.

If you're the owner of a 2010-2013 Kia Forte, 2011-2013 Kia Optima, 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivan, you need to pay attention to this. Hyundai has said it will notify owners through mid-June.

This defect has resulted in four fatalities and six injuries so far in six serious crashes in Kia's and Hyundai's cars. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars.

Kia says in government documents that a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer. ZF-TRW also said the parts are made to vehicle manufacturers' specifications.

Kia said in the NHTSA release that it is still working on a remedy with the recall set to begin on July 27.

The agency says four crashes occurred in Sonatas and two happened in Fortes. Officials are also looking into whether vehicles made by other manufacturers might be affected.

ZF said on Friday that each air bag control unit "is created to a customer's particular vehicle and platform-specific specifications".

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