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Kia Recalls 500,000 Vehicles, Airbags May Not Inflate


Damaged car with passenger door open and view of deployed airbags

Kia has announced a recall for 500,000 vehicles due to concerns that the vehicles’ airbags may not inflate in the event of a crash.

Kia Airbag Recall an Expansion on an Already Existing Recall

According to USA Today, the recall is being combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, with the two automakers recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles in all. The defect has been linked to at least four deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the defective Hyundai and Kia airbags in March. At the time, the agency had received six reports of front-end crashes in which airbags failed to properly inflate.

The recalls currently affect the following vehicles:

  • 2010-2013 Kia Forte
  • 2011-2013 Kia Optima
  • 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
  • 2011-2012 Kia Sedona
  • 2011-2013 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The automakers are currently working towards a repair.

What Kinds Of Injuries Can Happen When an Airbag Fails?

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.

Major Airbag Recalls in the United States

Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.

  • Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — 21 deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
  • Hyundai and Kia (2018 to present) — Four deaths have been linked to airbag failures in 425,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles, including the popular Sonata and Forte models.
  • Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
  • GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
  • GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision

Contact an Experienced Defective Airbag Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

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