Kia Rio recall 'limited to US'

2012-06-06 13:01

NEW YORK - Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 73 000 Rio small cars to fix a potential problem with the front passenger's air bag.

The recall affects cars from the 2006-08 model years built between February 20, 2005 and December 9, 2007 but does not, as far as is known, involve units sold in South Africa.

A sensor inside the front passenger seat can crack and fail to detect whether a child is sitting in the seat. This means the air bag can inflate in a crash and hurt the child, the us National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.


Cars are designed so air bags don't deploy if a child is occupying the front passenger seat.

Kia said in the documents that it did not know of any injuries stemming from the potential problem.

Kia US will replace the sensor at no charge, starting in July.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-06 20:00

    In America kids are so fat that the sensor would read an adult's weight anyway.

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