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Recall 19V109000

Passenger Air Bag Deploys With Child In Front Seat

Recall Details

The occupant detection system may fail to detect a child in the passenger front seat due to a broken wiring harness under the seat. Dealers will remove the wiring harness clip that is present to prevent the wiring harness from breaking, and if the harness is found already damaged, the front passenger seat cushion will be replaced free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The occupant detection system is utilized to detect whether or not a child and child seat is present in the passenger front seat during normal driving. If the system detects a child and child seat present in the seat, the air bag will automatically deactivate to protect a child in the event of an accident. For affected vehicles of this recall, the system may fail due to a broken wiring harness under the front passenger seat, and the air bag may deploy in an accident even when a child is present in the front seat. This would result in the increased risk of injury to the child.

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 March, 2019. 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 SC175.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., February 19, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 19, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
94,389
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
19V109000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Sedona vehicles equipped with manually-adjusted front passenger seats. Over time, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) wiring harness located underneath the front passenger seat may break from the seat being occupied.
Consequence
If a child is in a child seat in the front seat, a broken ODS wiring harness will not prevent the front passenger air bag from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the child.
Remedy
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the wire harness clip to prevent the wiring harness from breaking. If the harness is found damaged, the front passenger seat cushion will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC175.
Notify
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 www.safercar.gov.
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