Kia Sedona minivan recalled for sensor that could prevent airbag deployment

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The Kia Sedona van has been recalled due to a faulty wiring harness that may fail to detect a child or child seat in the front passenger seat, which could affect the ability of the airbag to deploy.

NHTSA released documents last week saying the defect only affects 2015 via Sedona with manually adjustable passenger seats. The occupant detection system wiring harness can fail over time due to passengers sitting in the seat. Ultimately, the degradation means that the system may not recognize a child or child seat in the front seat, which could prevent the airbag from deploying in a crash.

READ MORE: Our 2018 Kia Sedona Review

Kia said the recall affects the 2015-2018 Sedona models. A total of 94,389 vehicles are affected by the recall.

Owners will need to take their Sedona to a dealership to check the occupant sensing system and a technician will remove the harness clip between the system and the carpet sensor to prevent the wires from kinking. However, if the technician finds damage to the system, the Sedona will receive a new front passenger seat cushion. The new seat cushion will protect the system from damage. Kia will also reimburse owners who had repairs done before the recall was announced.

Owners will begin receiving notification of the recall no later than March 19 for the recall to begin.


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