A Kia recall is now active for model year 2007-2008 Sorento SUVs manufactured from June 15, 2006 through November 27, 2007. The safety recall is prompted by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analysis that showed complaints about the passenger side airbag were higher than those of other vehicles.
The Korean maker Kia disagreed in a NHTSA filing, but has recalled the Sorento to prevent a dispute with NHTSA and it obvious negative effects on Kia’s quality image.
The Sorento safety defect may shut the front passenger air bag off when an adult – as opposed to a child or small adult – is in the passenger seat. When the air bag is deactivated a “passenger air bag off” light is activated in the center instrument panel.
Kia will update the computer programming in the Sorento control module at no charge as is required by U.S. regulations. The recall remedy is currently available under service campaign SC076. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542 about Kia recall campaign number is SC076a. Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.