Kia Sorento SUVs Recalled For Faulty Air Bag Issue

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Kia Sorento SUVs Recalled For Faulty Air Bag Issue
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10,631 Kia Sorento SUVs built between June 15th, 2006 and November 27th, 2007 will be recalled due to a faulty airbag issue where the passenger-side air bag may be turned off even when an adult is occupying the seat. Naturally, the Occupant Classification System is designed to be turned off when children or small adults are seated in the front passenger seat, but in the recalled models it can mistakenly classify an adult passenger as a child. If the air bag is deactivated, the light will illuminate on the center instrument panel.

The recall will have vehicle owners’ programming updated by Kia in the Sorento’s OCS module at no charge. Owners that are affected may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.

  • Lauriehulett

    In 2007 I bought a brand new Kia Sorento. Within a week I took it to the service department to fix the air bag problem, only to be told that my husband, who weighs no less than 165lb, was sitting in the seat wrong. Frankly, the service techs demonstration on how to properly sit in the seat was absurd. The passenger is expected to wiggle into the seat to make their presence known to the sensor. Periodically, I would return to the service department, hoping that the manufacturer would eventually have a recall, but after a couple of years, I gave up. We have had two Chevy’s with seat sensors, but, never had a problem with them. I still own my Kia. I only recently read about the recall in the (Sunday, April 7) newspaper. According to this article, the recall has been in progress since September. I have yet to receive a phone call from the local dealership I purchased the vehicle from. They should know this is an important issue for me, and have done nothing to ensure the safety of my family and other passengers. Unprofessional is a mild term for this type of gross incompetence.

  • Gail

    I am having the same issue in 2014 as the person listed above did last year! I keep bringing it in with the same issue. I was also told my passenger was sitting in the seat wrong! My Kia Sorento is a 2014 model – looks like this has been an issue since 2007 and now with all the GM recalls….make me wonder what is going on out there in auto land.

  • Gail

    sorry – I meant to say my Kia is a 2009 model…not 2014.