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Air Bag Defect Leads to Recall of 146,000 Kia Vehicles

As we mentioned earlier this week, finding out your vehicle has been the subject of a safety recall can be very alarming. However, this information can help prevent a serious San Diego car accident.

With this in mind, we want to share this week’s auto recall.

Kia has announced that it is recalling approximately 146,000 vehicles, including 2006-8 Optima sedan and the 2007-8 Rondo wagon. The recall was issued because the driver’s air bag may not deploy in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Specifically, Kia said the clock-spring contact assembly “may become damaged through usage over time,” which could prevent the air bag from deploying. Hyundai, the parent company of Kia, has previously recalled about 205,000 vehicles for a similar issue.

Kia said it has not received reports of any injuries related to the defect at this point. It only learned of the problem last fall, when it was reviewing warranty claims.

What Should Kia Owners Do?

Drivers should receive advance warning of the problem via an air-bag warning light. Drivers of cars that don’t have the warning light illuminated have a functioning airbag, according to Kia.

Kia has also indicated that it will notify affected owners in March. Finally, those vehicles that currently have their airbag lights illuminated will be fixed first.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.