Recall 18V363000

Air Bags And Restraint Devices Do Not Deploy In An Accident

Recall Details

The air bags and seat belt pretensioners may not deploy as needed in an accident. Dealers will make repairs to remedy the concern (the remedy is still under development as of the time of this writing). This will be done free of charge.

Our Quick Take

The vehicle air bags and seat belt pretensioners  are restraint devices that protect occupants in an accident. During a crash where deployment is needed, these restraint devices may fail to deploy due to a short circuit within the air bag control unit (ACU).  This would lead to increased risk of occupant injury.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Kia must be performed by a Kia dealership. Kia will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in July, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Kia dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Kia recall number is SC165.

Body, Interior & Misc., June 01, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
June 01, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.
If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is planned to begin on July 27, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.
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
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