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Kia recalls vehicles to prevent fatal air bag injuries

The Japanese air bag manufacturer, Takata, has been showing up in the news every other week for the last decade. The air bag maker manufactured tens of millions of deadly air bags that have ended up in vehicles throughout the world, resulting in a constant stream of recalls. In fact, so many recalls have occurred that it will be impossible for the world to fix all of the affected cars. This fact, however, has not deterred Kia from issuing yet another Takata-related air bag recall of 507,000 defective cars before it has even determined a solution to the problem.

According to Kia, the German vehicle parts maker, ZF Friedreichshafen AG, is to blame for the problematic air bags. ZF Friedreichshafen AG built the air bag control unit that causes the devices to inflate when a collision occurs. However, a defect causes the controllers to short circuit and thus the air bags are not deploying in various collisions. Failed air bag deployment in affected Kias – and recalled Hyundais equipped with the same air bags – have already caused six injuries and four deaths around the world.

Unfortunately, more deaths could occur, while the automaker struggles to find a workaround solution to the problem. ZF Friedreichshafen AG, Hyundai, Kia and Takata are scrambling to figure out how to fix the devices, but currently, they have yet to determine how to resolve the problems. As such, even if you take your Kia in for a repair, now replacement air bags or air bag controllers will be available.

Motorists who own a Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Kia Optima Hybrid or Kia Sedona from the years 2010 to 2013, should contact Kia immediately to find out if they have an affected car. If they do, drivers may want to consider refraining from driving the vehicle until it can be fixed. And if they have suffered a Takata-related air bag injury, they should determine the legal options in terms of state personal injury laws.

Source: Engadget, "Kia recalls 500,000 vehicles in the US due to airbag glitch," Mariella Moon, June 09, 2018

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