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Recall List for the 2008 Kia Sorento

Official recall notices have been issued for the 2008 Kia Sorento by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions. It's important to note that most recalls won't cost you anything to get fixed, so if your car is affected you should call an authorized Kia service shop immediately!

  1. 2008 Kia Sorento SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT, EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH NHTSA Campaign #13V114000

    • Date Announced: APRIL 01, 2013
    • Vehicles Affected: 980,377

    Summary: Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo, model year 2007-2011 Sedona, Sorento and Sportage, model year 2010-2011 Soul, model year 2008-2011 Optima, model year 2010 Forte, model year 2007-2009 Amanti, and model year 2009 Borrego vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Kia recalled 623,658 model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. In September 2013, Kia informed the agency that it was adding an additional 356,719 vehicles to this campaign. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 980,377. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.

    Consequence: Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of PARK without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.

    Actions: Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #13V114000 »

  2. 2008 Kia Sorento AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE NHTSA Campaign #11V473000

    • Date Announced: SEPTEMBER 07, 2011
    • Vehicles Affected: 10,631

    Summary: Kia is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Sorento passenger cars manufactured from June 15, 2006 through November 27, 2007. The front passenger air bag may be turned off when an adult is in the passenger seat. The front passenger air bag is designed to be turned off in limited circumstances including when children and small adults are seated in the front passenger seat, there is a child restraint in that seat or the seat is not occupied. The vehicle's occupant classification system (OCS), which classifies the occupant in the front passenger seat, may misclassify an adult passenger as a child or child seat and improperly turn off the passenger side air bag. When the air bag is deactivated the "passenger air bag off" light will illuminate on the center instrument panel.

    Consequence: The passenger side air bag is turned off when the OCS misclassifies an adult passenger. With the front passenger airbag off, the front passenger will not have the protection of the passenger air bags in some frontal collisions, thus increasing the risk of occupant injury.

    Actions: Kia will update the programming in the Sorento OCS control module at no charge. The recall remedy is currently available under service campaign SC076. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #11V473000 »

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