Kia is recalling more than 507,000 cars and minivans because the airbag control unit (ACU) can short-circuit, leaving some airbags unable to deploy when needed. That's a heck of a lot of vehicles for a single recall, but it concerns a very serious issue.
This is the latest recall that stems from an investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which is investigating four deaths where the air bags failed to deploy in Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
Four of the crashes involved 2011 Hyundai Sonatas and two involved 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes. Hyundai says the recall now includes all vehicles with the same air bag computers.
The safety agency also said that electrical overstress appeared to be the root cause in a 2016 recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of 1.4 million US vehicles for air bag non-deployments in significant frontal crashes.
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NHTSA opened an investigation into the Hyundai-Kia air bag issue in March.
Kia said in the NHTSA release that it is still working on a remedy with the recall set to begin on July 27. One Forte crash happened in Canada.
In May of past year, NHTSA opened an investigation into whether Hyundai and Kia moved quickly enough to recall more than 1.6 million cars and SUVs because the engines can stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The agency also said it's investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.