The Kia Sedona is having a terrible week.
As of Tuesday, nearly 220,000 Sedonas from 2006-2014 were recalled to address a corrosion problem affecting a hood latch. Today, many of those same vehicles are being recalled to address a different but equally dangerous corrosion problem that could wreak havoc on the van’s suspension.
Worse yet, they were recalled almost three years ago for the exact same problem.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front lower control arms on 2006-2012 Kia Sedonas may be susceptible to corrosion from salt water. This is more common in areas that use road salts for de-icing in cold winter weather.
The corrosion problem can lead to noise and vibration on the road. If the corrosion is severe enough, the arms can break, making it difficult, if not impossible, to control the vehicle.
As is often the case with corrosion-related recalls, this is geographically limited. It applies to 2006-2012 Kia Sedona minivans built between June 15, 2005 and August 14, 2012 that were sold or registered in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia.
The recall involves 97,884 vehicles registered in the United States, including those that were already repaired in the 2013 recall.
Kia says it will send recall notices to owners by July 25. Dealers will replace the front lower suspension arms on all 2006-2007 models, but the solution for 2008-2012 models will be determined by inspection. These vehicles may have the front lower control arms replaced, or dealers may apply an additional anti-corrosion coating.
If you own any of these vehicles, we encourage you to contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542 and inquire about Recall # SC133. You can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about the Safety Campaign #16V387000.