The Kia Sedona is having a no-good, very-bad week.
On Tuesday, nearly 220,000 Sedonas from 2006-2014 were recalled to fix a corrosion problem affecting a hood latch. Today, many of those same vehicles are being recalled to fix a different but equally dangerous corrosion issue that could wreak havoc on the minivan's suspension.
Even worse, they were recalled nearly three years ago for exactly the same problem.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front lower control arms on 2006-2012 Kia Sedonas may be susceptible to corrosion from saltwater. This is most common in areas that use road salts for de-icing during chilly winter weather.
The corrosion problem can lead to road noise and vibration. If corrosion is severe enough, the arms may break, making it difficult or impossible to control the vehicle.
As is often the case with corrosion-related recalls, this one is limited geographically. It applies to 2006-2012 Kia Sedona minivans built between June 15, 2005 and August 14, 2012 that have been sold or registered in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
The recall affects 97,884 vehicles registered in the U.S., including those that have already been repaired during the 2013 recall.
Kia says that it will mail recall notices to owners by July 25. Dealers will replace the front lower control arms on all 2006-2007 models, but the fix for 2008-2012 models will be determined by an inspection. Those vehicles may have the front lower control arms replaced, or dealers may apply additional anti-corrosion coating.
If you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542 and ask about recall #SC133. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V387000.