Kia has recalled around 410,000 vehicles to rectify an error wherein the airbags fail to open in the event of a crash.
According to a news report by the Associated Press, the recall includes certain Forte small cars from the 2017 and 2018 model years, and Sedona minivans and Soul small SUVs from 2017 through 2019. The electric Soul also is included.
In its statement, the Korean carmaker said that the airbag control computer cover can contact a memory chip and damage the electrical circuit. That could stop the airbags from inflating. Kia said in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the problem surfaced in Korea last July. The company says it has 13 customer complaints and 947 warranty claims, but no crashes or injuries were reported.
Once the vehicles are recalled, dealers will inspect the computer and either update software or replace it. As it stands, Kia car owners applicable for the recall will be notified by mail starting March 21.