2006-2014 Kia Sedona, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Kia Forte recalled: 306,000 vehicles affected

June 14, 2016

Hyundai and its sibling, Kia, have issued three recalls affecting roughly 306,000 vehicles in the U.S.:

RECALL #1: 2006-2014 Kia Sedona
UNITS AFFECTED: 219,900

RECALL #2: 2016 Hyundai Tucson
UNITS AFFECTED: 81,000 

These two recalls stem from a problem with the secondary latch that helps keep the hood closed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, corrosion can cause that latch to become stuck--potentially in the "open" position. If that happens, the secondary latch won't be able to hold the hood in place if the primary latch is accidentally released. 

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The problem is similar to one that forced the recall of the 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca earlier this year. However, in that case, the faulty components were supplied by a company in Kentucky. In Kia's case, they've come from Pyeong Hwa Automotive in South Korea. (Supplier information isn't yet available for the Hyundai Tucson.)

The recall is limited to Sedona minivans built between June 15, 2005 and April 04, 2014 and Tucson crossovers made between May 19, 2015 and March 14, 2016. Kia will mail owners of those vehicles recall notices by June 25, while Hyundai will take a bit longer, sending notices by July 15. The notices will instruct owners to take their vehicles to local dealerships for service.

NHTSA says that Kia dealers "will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle's location and the condition of the latch". According to the recall bulletin, Hyundai dealers will replace the latch, regardless of location or condition.

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For more information, you can contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542 and ask about recall SC134, or call Hyundai at 1-855-371-9460 and ask about recall #145. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaigns #16V389000 (Kia) and #16V348000 (Hyundai).

RECALL #3:  2013 Kia Forte
UNITS AFFECTED: 5,245

This recall is the result of a problem with the Forte's seatbelt system. According to NHTSA, "[t]he screws that hold the front seatbelt retractor retaining plates may not have been properly tightened, and as a result, the seatbelt retractor retaining plates may break in a crash". If that should happen, the plates may shatter and shards may strike vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of injury.

The recall is limited to Forte vehicles built between September 10, 2012 to October 31, 2012. Kia will mail recall notices to owners by June 30, asking them to take their vehicles to dealerships, where the front seatbelt assemblies will be inspected and replaced, as necessary.

For more information, you can contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542 and ask about recall SC132. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V312000.

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