2008 Kia Sorento NHTSA investigation PE09034

Kia Preliminary Evaluation PE09034: AIR BAG OCS

2008 Kia Sorento

AIR BAG OCS

Air Bags
Air Bags:Frontal
Air Bags:Frontal:Sensor/Control Module

Summary
Kia reports that for vehicles built prior to the software update of 11/27/2007, the vehicles can improperly classify an adult as a child restraint seat and thus illuminate the "airbag off" warning light and suppress the frontal passenger airbag.on May 12, 2009, Kia launched a technical service bulletin (SB076) campaign to "re-flash" all vehicles built prior to the 11/27/2007 production date.Kia also believes that intermittent occupant movement and out of position seating contributed to the high number of complaints.905 of the 947 complaints and 1,014 of the 1,107 warranty claims were associated with the 57,228 vehicles built prior to the 11/27/2007 production date.there was one frontal passenger airbag non-deployment crash that resulted in one minor injury of a belted adult passenger occupant.this preliminary evolution is being upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA09-017) to further assess this issue for all MY2007-2008 Sorento vehicles built prior to the 11/27/2007 production date.
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Date Opened
JUL 17, 2009
Date Closed
NOV 30, 2009
NHTSA Recall #
No recall issued
  • Status:
    CLOSED
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