Kia Motors, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has issued a recall of their Kia Sorento sport utility vehicles, due to a faulty airbag activation system, according to news sources.
The recall includes 10,600 vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model year in cars manufactured from June 2006 to September 2007.
The issue is with the Occupant Classification System, designed to deactivate the airbag if a small child is in the passenger seat. A glitch in the programming will deactivate the airbag if the front seat is occupied by a heavier adult rider. The warning light telling the driver the airbag is off does notify the driver of the airbag being turned off.
If you own this vehicle, Kia recommends you bring it into your dealership where the system will be repaired.
As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I know that car safety features can save a life. In the same light, faulty systems or broken car parts can seriously endanger you and other drivers. Make sure your car is properly maintained by routinely getting it checked out. Additionally, if you have been injured due to a defective car part, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney. We know that even with all of the rules and regulation imposed on product manufacturers, things can still go wrong and sometimes companies even put profit before safety. If this has happened to you, call a personal injury attorney today.