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SW Florida Kia Owners – Kia To Recall More Than 400,000 Vehicles

In late January 2022, Kia announced a recall of over 400,000 vehicles across the United States, including those in the Southwest Florida region. This comes on the heels of the late 2021 recalls from Ford, Hyundai, and Chevy who all announced sizable recalls as well for different issues in the latter months of the year. The Kia recall is expected to affect around 410,000 vehicles.

What Is The Recall For?

The 2022 Kia recall stems from an airbag issue that may lead the airbags to fail to deploy in the event of an accident. According to the automaker, an airbag control computer cover may make contact with a memory chip inside of the vehicle, causing damage to the electrical circuit. This may lead the airbag to fail to deploy, which would only be found out after an accident has occurred. This airbag failure may lead to serious injury even in comparatively minor or moderate accidents.

What Vehicles Are Included?

Not all Kia vehicles are included in the recall. The 2022 recall mainly focuses, for now, on 2017 and 2018 Kia Forte vehicles, Kia Sedona minivans from years 2017 to 2019, and Soul miniature SUV vehicles from years 2017 to 2019. Both electric and traditional Kia Soul vehicles are included in the recall notice.

The issue was first found in Korea in July of 2021. As of February 2022, there have been 13 customer complaints and 947 warranty claims, but no serious injuries reported yet.

How Will Owners Be Notified?

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified starting in mid-March of 2022. Kia will send notifications to all owners of the recalled vehicles prompting them to the next steps they can take to ensure their vehicles can return to the road safely. Repairs can be made at any Southwest Florida Kia dealership, and they’ll be carried out free of charge to make sure the airbag issue is resolved.

How Are Repairs Carried Out?

The repairs made to the affected Kia vehicles will include a full inspection of the internal computers and circuits that control the airbag. Software may need to be updated, or the computers replaced to ensure all damage to circuits or computer chips is remedied. These repairs will typically take about a day so owners’ time without their vehicle will be minimal.

Owners of the affected Kia vehicles can simply make an appointment at their local Southwest Florida Kia dealership to take their vehicle in for necessary inspections and repairs.

What To Do If You’ve Been In An Accident In Your Recalled Kia Vehicle

While no serious injuries have been reported as of yet, this is a potentially dangerous defect that may lead to injuries between the announcement of the recall and when recall notices begin arriving to Kia owners. If you’ve been in an accident in your recalled Kia vehicle there are some steps you should take next. First, seeking out the help of a skilled and experienced Southwest Florida personal injury attorney should be at the top of your list. Your personal injury attorney will be able to get you the compensation you need to recover from injuries, giving you a leg to stand on against insurance providers and automakers if necessary.

If you’ve been in an accident in Southwest Florida in your Kia vehicle, contact us at for the skilled representation you deserve today.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

SW Florida Kia Owners – Kia To Recall More Than 400,000 Vehicles

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