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Kia Sorento SUV is recalled for problem with airbag sensor

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Kia is recalling 10,631 Sorento SUVs because of a problem with the airbag sensor.

Sorento models made between June 15, 2006, and Nov. 27, 2007, might have a malfunctioning sensor for the front passenger seat, incorrectly classifying passengers in that seat as children and therefore deactivating their airbags. This presents a risk of injury to the front-seat passenger in the case of a frontal collision.

Deactivation of the airbag will trigger a "Passenger Air Bag Off" warning light. Owners of 2006-07 Kia Sorentos can go to their dealerships immediately to have their sensors recalibrated.

Customers can call the Kia hotline at (800) 333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at (888) 327-4236 for more information.

By Julie Alvin