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01/30/18 Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain 2012-2014 forte and forte koup vehicles. the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. this will allow the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. it can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.

If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of park without depressing the brake pedal. either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin january 30, 2018. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc158.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/30/16 Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2011 forte vehicles manufactured august 27, 2010, to november 11, 2010. the affected vehicles have a transmission fluid cooler hose that may have been improperly manufactured, resulting in a transmission fluid leak.

If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission cooler hose, free of charge. the recall began march 30, 2016. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc129.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
04/19/13 Kia motors corporation (kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 rondo, model year 2007-2011 sedona, sorento and sportage, model year 2010-2011 soul, model year 2008-2011 optima, model year 2010 forte, model year 2007-2009 amanti, and model year 2009 borrego vehicles. originally, in april 2013, kia recalled 623,658 model year 2007-2010 rondo and sportage, model year 2007-2011 sorento, model year 2007 sedona, model year 2010-2011 soul, and model year 2011 optima vehicles. in september 2013, kia informed the agency that it was adding an additional 356,719 vehicles to this campaign. the total number of vehicles being recalled is now 980,377. in the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the park position and cause the electronic stability control (esc) malfunction light to illuminate.

Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. additionally, when the ignition is in the 'on' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of park without first applying the brake. this may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.

Kia will send an interim notification to owners in may 2013. when parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. owners may contact

12/31/69 Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 kia forte, forte koup, 2011-2013 kia optima and 2011-2012 kia optima hybrid and sedona vehicles. in the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (acu) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.

If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. the recall is planned to begin on july 27, 2018. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc165.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
02/20/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 kia forte vehicles manufactured december 5, 2012, to april 17, 2014. in the affected vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt.

If the cooling fan resistor overheats and melts, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

Kia will notify owners, and for vehicles produced from december 5, 2012 to january 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. for vehicles produced from january 28, 2014 to april 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multi-fuse unit only. owners of vehicles with a 1.8l engine will also have the engine control unit software updated. the recall began on february 20, 2015. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc113.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
04/19/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning Kia motors corporation (kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 rondo, model year 2007-2011 sedona, sorento and sportage, model year 2010-2011 soul, model year 2008-2011 optima, model year 2010 forte, model year 2007-2009 amanti, and model year 2009 borrego vehicles. originally, in april 2013, kia recalled 623,658 model year 2007-2010 rondo and sportage, model year 2007-2011 sorento, model year 2007 sedona, model year 2010-2011 soul, and model year 2011 optima vehicles. in september 2013, kia informed the agency that it was adding an additional 356,719 vehicles to this campaign. the total number of vehicles being recalled is now 980,377. in the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the park position and cause the electronic stability control (esc) malfunction light to illuminate.

Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. additionally, when the ignition is in the 'on' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of park without first applying the brake. this may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.

Kia will send an interim notification to owners in may 2013. when parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. owners may contact kia at 1

07/01/16 Other Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2013 forte vehicles manufactured september 10, 2012, to october 31, 2012. the screws that hold the front seatbelt retractor retaining plates may not have been properly tightened, and as a result, the seatbelt retractor retaining plates may break in a crash.

If a retaining plate breaks during a crash, pieces of the plate could strike the occupants, increasing risk of injury.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace both front seatbelt assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. the recall began july 1, 2016. kia's number for this recall is sc132.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Kia Forte Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.