Calling all Kia owners… well, actually… just those of you who own a 2006-2008 Kia Rio. A potential problem with the airbag should land a recall notice in your mailbox next month. Kia Motors says one of the sensors in the front passenger seat is at risk of cracking, which could disrupt its ability to determine whether the seat is occupied by a child (since kids are more likely than adults to suffer airbag injuries, airbags are typically designed to deploy only after passengers reach a certain weight). Recall notices are expected to go out in July 2012.
Although more than 72,000 vehicles are covered by the campaign, Kia says the faulty part has resulted in no injuries. Regardless, if your airbag warning light is already illuminated you might want to call your local Kia dealer to make an appointment to get it fixed as soon as possible (Southern Oregonians can call Butler Kia at (541) 776-3088 or make an appointment on-line at www.butlerkia.com). Be sure to reference Kia safety recall campaign No. SC0097. Otherwise, wait for the recall slip to arrive in the mail and follow its directions. In both cases Kia will repair the faulty sensor mat free of charge.