September 15, 2011 U.S.
Department of Transportation
(National) NHTSA recall notice - Kia Sorento air
September 15 the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration announced Kia issued a recall for 10,631 model year
2007-2008 Sorento 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 systems (OCS)
may misclassify an adult passenger as a child or child seat, and
improperly turn off the air bag. When it is deactivated the "passenger
air bag off" light will illuminate on the center instrument panel. In
such a case, the front passenger will not have the protection of the
passenger air bags in some frontal collisions, thus increasing the
risk of occupant injury.
Kia will remedy this by updating the programming in
the Sorento OCS control module.