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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 cont

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 conta

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12/10/10 Kia is recalling certain model year 2011 sorento vehicles manufactured from september 14, 2010, through october 4, 2010. some of the rear brake calipers may not have been properly machined.

As a result, brake fluid will leak, followed by illumination of the malfunction indicator light indicating the brake fluid level is low and should be checked, then a soft or spongy brake pedal feel, and if not serviced, reduced braking power which could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the rear calipers and replace it if necessary free of charge. the safety recall began on december 10, 2010. owners may contact kia consumer assistance center at 1-800-333-4542.

Kia's safety recall campaign number is sc087.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
10/10/05 Certain sport utility vehicles may experience a fuel leak from fuel tubes near the fuel tank due to an interference fit with the vehicle floor panel.

Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Dealers will replace a section of the fuel line. the recall began on october 10, 2005. owners may contact kia at 1-800-333-4542.

Kia recall no. sc-052.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
06/20/17 Engine Kia motor company (kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 optima, 2012-2014 sorento and 2011-2013 sportage vehicles. machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.

Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge. the recall began june 20, 2017. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc147.

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.
11/09/15 Transmission and Drivetrain Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain 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 being able 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) number 114, "theft protection."

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 began on november 9, 2015. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc124.

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.
09/09/13 Transmission and Drivetrain Kia motors corp. is recalling certain model year 2014 front wheel drive sorento vehicles manufactured january 7, 2013, through march 12, 2013; and equipped with 2.4 liter engines. due to a manufacturing issue, the right front axle shaft may fracture.

A fractured front axle may result in a loss of power to the wheels. additionally, if the vehicle is parked without the parking brake applied, it may roll away. either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front axle shaft assembly, free of charge. the recall began on september 9, 2013. owners may contact kia at 1-800-333-4542 . kia's recall number is sc099.

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.
05/31/11 Transmission and Drivetrain Kia is recalling certain model year 2011 sorento 2wd vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and 2.4l engines manufactured from the start of production through may 22, 2010. the intermediate shaft may suffer from noise and excessive wear due to a misalignment of the intermediate shaft with the right side output gear. continuing to drive the vehicle in this condition leads to the development of a whirring/whining noise and can eventually cause damage to the automatic transmission.

Damage to the transmission may cause loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the right side output gear and intermediate shaft free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during may 2011. owners may contact kia at 1-800-333-4542.

Kia safety recall no. sc089.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
01/19/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 sorento vehicles manufactured october 27, 2014, to august 25, 2016, and 2017 sportage vehicles manufactured december 10, 2015, to august 26, 2016. the affected vehicles are equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness that, due to a malfunction of the tow hitch module, may result in the trailer brake lights being constantly illuminated. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 108, " lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

If the trailer brake lights stay illuminated while being used, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer tow hitch harness, free of charge. the recall began january 18, 2017. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc142.

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 2016 sorento vehicles manufactured october 27, 2014, to january 29, 2015. due to an improperly soldered component in the accelerator pedal assembly, the driver may not be able to accelerate the vehicle.

If the vehicle is unable to be accelerated, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the accelerator assembly, free of charge. the recall began on february 19, 2015. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc115.

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 a

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

09/30/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning Kia is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 sorento passenger cars manufactured from june 15, 2006 through november 27, 2007. the front passenger air bag may be turned off when an adult is in the passenger seat. the front passenger air bag is designed to be turned off in limited circumstances including when children and small adults are seated in the front passenger seat, there is a child restraint in that seat or the seat is not occupied. the vehicle's occupant classification system (ocs), which classifies the occupant in the front passenger seat, may misclassify an adult passenger as a child or child seat and improperly turn off the passenger side air bag. when the air bag is deactivated the "passenger air bag off" light will illuminate on the center instrument panel.

The passenger side air bag is turned off when the ocs misclassifies an adult passenger. with the front passenger airbag off, the front passenger will not have the protection of the passenger air bags in some frontal collisions, thus increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Kia will update the programming in the sorento ocs control module at no charge. the recall remedy is currently available under service campaign sc076. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.

Kia's recall campaign number is sc076a.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
09/13/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning Kia is recalling certain model year 2010 soul and model year 2011 sorento vehicles manufactured from september 7, 2009 through july 30, 2010. a limited number of wiring harnesses supplied by jci and used for the lighting in the kia soul vehicle's advanced lighting speakers, located in the front door trim panels, and the kia sorento vehicle's interior accent illumination, located in the front and rear door trim panels, may have been improperly soldered.

When the lights are illuminated under certain conditions, an electrical short may occur that can result in a fire.

Dealers will replace the wiring harnesses for the lights in the kia soul vehicle's advanced lighting speakers, and the wiring harness for the kia sorento vehicle's interior accent illumination. this service will be performed free of charge. the safety recall began on september 13, 2010. owners may contact kia consumer assistance center at 1-800-333-4542.

Kia's safety recall campaign number is sc083.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
06/17/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning Huyndai-kia is recalling 139,844 my 2006-2007- sedona, sportage, sorento and my rondo and amanti vehicles. the stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause the brake lights to remain illuminated when the brake pedal is released. a stop lamp switch malfunction may also affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature so the transmission shifter would not be able to be shifted out of the park position. it may also cause the electronic stability control (esc) malfunction light to illuminate, and it may not deactivate the cruise control when the brake pedal is depressed.

Any of these malfunctions, alone or in combination, may lead to a crash.

Dealers will replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. the recall began on june 17, 2009. owners may contact kia's consumer assistance center at 1-800-333-4542.

Hyundai-kia recall no. sc077.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
01/19/17 Other Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 sorento vehicles manufactured october 27, 2014, to august 25, 2016, and 2017 sportage vehicles manufactured december 10, 2015, to august 26, 2016. the affected vehicles are equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness that, due to a malfunction of the tow hitch module, may result in the trailer brake lights being constantly illuminated. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 108, " lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

If the trailer brake lights stay illuminated while being used, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer tow hitch harness, free of charge. the recall began january 18, 2017. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc142.

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.
12/09/16 Other Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 kia sorento vehicles manufactured march 3, 2016 to march 21, 2016. the driver's seatback frame may have been produced with inadequate weld joints and, as a result, the seatback may not function as designed in the event of a rear-end collision.

In the event of a crash, the driver seatback frame could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant, increasing the risk of injury.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the welds and replace the driver seatback frame, as necessary, free of charge. the recall began on december 9, 2016. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc140.

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.
08/18/15 Other Kia motors america (kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 kia sorento vehicles manufactured october 23, 2014, to december 10, 2014. the affected vehicles have a front passenger seat belt whose buckle latch assembly may prevent the front passenger from fastening the seat belt.

If the front passenger seat belt cannot be latched, an occupant sitting in the front passenger seat has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat belt buckle cover, free of charge. the recall began on august 18, 2015. owners may contact kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. kia's number for this recall is sc123.

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 Sorento 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.