2007-2008 Kia Sorento SUVs Recalled For Airbag Sensor Fault

September 15, 2011
Kia is recalling model year 2007 and 2008 Sorento SUVs, built between June 15, 2006 and November 27, 2007, to recalibrate the front passenger seat occupant classification system (OCS). The OCS is designed to deactivate the passenger air bag when the seat is unoccupied, or when a child or child seat is occupying the front passenger seat.

In certain vehicles, the OCS may not recognize adult passengers, classifying them as children and deactivating the front passenger airbag. This will trigger the “Passenger Air Bag Off” warning light, and may also increase the risk of front seat passenger injury in the event of a frontal collision.

Kia dealers will reprogram the OCS control module on affected vehicles, and since no replacement parts are required, the campaign begins immediately. Customers may contact their local Kia dealer for a service appointment, citing “Service Campaign SC076,” or they can contact Kia’s customer service hotline at (800) 333-4542 with any questions. Owners can also contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 for the latest information on this recall.

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