Hyundai and Kia Recall 306,000 Vehicles Over Safety Concerns
Kia and Hyundai have recalled 306,000 vehicles after it was revealed the hood latches and seatbelts were malfunctioning in three different models.
Hyundai Sedona and Tucson Recalls
The Kia Sedona and Hyundai Tucson are suffering from a secondary hood latch problem.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the secondary hood latches in Sedonas and Tucsons can corrode, leaving the lock open. The secondary latch acts as a failsafe to keep the hood locked, but if it corrodes it can fall open if the primary lock fails.
According to The Car Connection, the Sedonas built from June 15, 2005 and April 4, 2014 are those under recall as are the Tucsons between May 19, 2015 and March 14, 2016.
Kia owners will be advised, via mail, to take their vehicle into a Kia dealer to replace, or clean, the secondary latch depending on condition.
Hyundai dealers will replace the device regardless of condition.
Kia Forte Recall
The third recall is for about 5,200 Kia Fortes who have a malfunctioning seatbelt.
The NHTSA says that during installation some screws may not have been properly applied resulting in the belt retaining plates breaking during a crash. If the plate breaks, it can create shrapnel which can strike car occupants.
Kia will be mailing instructions to owners of Sept. 10, 2012 through Oct. 31, 2012 Forte models. The notice will instruct owners to return to a Forte dealership where the seatbelt assembly will be inspected and replaced if necessary