Kia is issuing a recall affecting approximately 28,000 units of the 2016 Sedona minivan and Sorento SUV models. A small percentage of recalled vehicles – approximately 1%, according to Kia – are equipped with a defective part in the active locking system when the vehicle’s gear lever is placed in park, which could allow the gear selector to be moved without the driver applying the brake.
If the lever is accidentally moved and the vehicle is not on level ground, it could start to roll.
The recall targets 7,263 units of the 2016 Sedona built between April 27 and June 27, 2015, as well as 20,802 units of the 2016 Sorento built between April 27 and July 9, 2015. In total, we are therefore talking about 28,065 models. . Kia told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the defect likely affects about 1% of recalled vehicles.
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The good news is that the company has already identified the problem, which lies with the shifter lockout system and its bracket. These parts keep the transmission locked in the “Park” position unless the driver presses the brake pedal. The affected vehicles were built with unapproved components from a third-party supplier. Therefore, it is possible to move the gear lever out of the park position without pressing the brake pedal, even if the ignition is not on. Kia says there were no injuries or fatalities related to the issue.
Kia will notify owners by mail beginning October 7, 2022. They will be directed to visit their dealership to have a technician inspect the entire system. They will replace defective parts if necessary. Owners who have already paid to fix the issue may receive a refund.
In the meantime, if you own a 2016 Sedona or Sorento, Kia suggests using the parking brake at all times.