South Korea based automaker Kia Motors Corporation has issued two recalls affecting more than 90,000 vehicles. Announced through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Kia is recalling Borrego and Rio vehicles for two separate defects.
Kia Rio vehicles from model years 2006 through 2008 are being recalled due to problems with the front passenger seat occupant sensor mat. The device works with the occupant classification system, which alerts the vehicle’s safety features as to whether there is an adult or child in the passenger seat. The sensor mat can experience fatigue cracking , which, if severe enough, will not be able to detect if there is a child in the seat. Thus, the airbag that deploys in the event of a crash, may be dangerous for children. There are currently 72,568 vehicles affected by this recall. Kia will replace the sensor mats without charge.
Also, Kia has recalled 21,912 Borrego vehicles from the 2009 model year due to brake problems. Pedal mounts within the car may be made of a fiberglass composition, which may cause the brake pedal to break off during a collision. If the accident has not immobilized the vehicle, the car may roll and can’t be stopped, leading to another crash. Owners of the recalled vehicles will be contacted by Kia and will have their brake pedal mounts replaced for free.
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