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Recall Roundup: Kia Sorento SUV Needs Beefier Brake-Shift Interlock

Recall Roundup: Kia Sorento SUV Needs Beefier Brake-Shift Interlock

By Joseph Dobrian, October 19, 2015

During the past week, automakers issued recalls affecting approximately 406,000 vehicles. Accounting for more than 90% of these is Kia’s recall of 377,062 Kia Sorento SUVs, from the 2011-2013 model years. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2015 Buick LaCrosse
2015 Cadillac XTS
2015 Chevrolet Camaro
2015 Chevrolet Equinox
2015 Chevrolet Malibu
2015 GMC Terrain
General Motors (GM) is recalling a total of 395 vehicles, including model-year 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Malibu, and GMC Terrain. The affected vehicles have front seat-mounted side-impact air bags whose inflator may rupture upon its deployment. The rupture could cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Additionally, if the air bag does not properly inflate, the driver or passenger is at an increased risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side-impact air bag modules free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 01320. Owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V666000.


2011 Hyundai Elantra
2011 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling approximately 27,700 model-year 2011 Elantra vehicles manufactured November 12, 2010, to March 31, 2011, and 2011 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, to February 28, 2010, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Road salt may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing. If a front coil spring fractures, it may contact the tire, possibly puncturing it.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front coil springs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 133; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V629000. Note: Vehicles that were previously registered in salt belt states but are currently registered elsewhere are eligible to be inspected and repaired.


2011-2013 Kia Sorento
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 377,062 model-year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured October 19, 2009, to January 31, 2013. In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack, allowing the transmission to be shifted out of “Park” without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114: Theft Protection. Moreover, without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll, which may result in a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC124; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V626000.


2015 Volkswagen Jetta
2015 Volkswagen Golf, E-Golf
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 993 model-year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured September 8, 2014, to November 28, 2014; Golf vehicles manufactured April 2, 2014, to December 3, 2014; and E-Golf vehicles manufactured July 26, 2014, to October 18, 2014. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) that may have been manufactured improperly. As a result, the front passenger-seat occupant may be improperly classified or may not be detected. In the event of a crash, if the front passenger-seat occupant is incorrectly classified or undetected, the passenger frontal air bag may deploy improperly or not at all, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PODS control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69L6; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V627000.
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