Kia recalls more than 30 thousand crossovers because of seat belts

Kia recalls more than 30 thousand crossovers because of seat belts

August 30, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The new flagship crossover of the Korean brand, presented in November last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, did not have time to go on sale, as the automaker found a critical malfunction.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV, assembled by Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia between January 9, 2019 and August 5, 2019, could receive seat belt assemblies designed for the Middle East market.

This awkward error means that the seat belt assemblies are not equipped with an automatic locking function for the retractor and therefore do not comply with U.S. regulations requiring the unit to have a part of the waist belt that locks to protect the child with a restraint system. According to company experts, about 1% of the 30,168 Telluride specimens in question have incorrect seat belt assemblies.

In the event of an accident, this means that if the child is located in the front passenger seat, second or third row, the system may not provide reliable fixation of the child restraint and will increase the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

The South Korean car manufacturer says it will notify all owners of these vehicles in the very near future. If dealers find this defect, the seat belt assembly will be replaced. All work will be free of charge for vehicle owners.

Kia reports that after August 5, 2019, she began to check all seat belt components in cars manufactured at a factory in Georgia to make sure that all U.S. models are in compliance with local regulations.