The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report on December 7, 2023, that a number of Kia Seltos and Soul vehicles are being recalled because the side curtain airbags may suddenly inflate without a proper command to deploy from the control unit. The airbags could inflate and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle and suffer an accident.
A welding error by the parts supplier could cause a break that triggers the inflator mechanism. The report cites those vehicles with specific manufacture dates and affected side airbag part numbers. Owners should have already been notified by mail about the recall and provided with instructions for receiving free repairs.
You can also check on the NHTSA website to see if your vehicle is part of this recall. Enter your vehicle’s 14-digit serial number.
This is not the only recent recall on popular Kia vehicles. Another large one noted by Consumer Reports includes vehicles with a tow hitch harness accessory that may catch fire. It includes the following vehicles:
- Kia Sorento Hybrid SUVs manufactured between Sept. 2, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2022
- Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid SUVs manufactured between June 29, 2021, and Aug. 30, 2022
- Kia Sorento SUVs manufactured between Oct. 27, 2014, and Sept. 12, 2022
- Kia Sportage SUVs manufactured between Dec. 10, 2015, and Dec. 07, 2021
Only vehicles with a genuine Kia tow hitch harness accessory supplied by Mobis Parts America are included in the recall. The Kia Telluride was already recalled in August 2022 for a similar issue.
Similarly, over 1.73 million Kia owners have been advised to park their vehicles outside and away from homes due to a possible leak that could cause an electrical short and fire, even when the vehicle is not in operation. This recall includes the following vehicles:
- 2014-2016 Cadenza
- 2011-2013 Forte/Forte Koup
- 2015-2017 K900
- 2010-2015 Optima
- 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid
- 2011-2017 Rio
- 2010 Rondo
- 2011-2014 Sorento
- 2011-2013 Soul
- 2010-2013 Sportage
Can I Pursue a Lemon Law Claim Over a Kia Selto or Soul?
If your Kia Selto or Soul continues to experience problems after the recall service was performed, even if it is with a recall-related issue, you may still be able to file a Lemon Law claim in your state. Lemon Larry is not an attorney, but we can help you determine if you qualify to file a lemon law claim. If you qualify, we can immediately connect you with a local Lemon Law Attorney in your area who can provide more specific information and help you determine your next steps.
Remember, under most state lemon laws, you could receive a reimbursement or a replacement vehicle if you win your lemon law case, and your legal fees will be covered. Take the 7-second Lemon Larry online assessment now to find out if you can file a lemon law claim in your state over issues with a Kia Selto or Soul from the manufacture dates listed above.