Car manufacturer Kia is recalling more than 410,000 vehicles in the U.S. to correct a defect that stops airbags from inflating in a car accident. The recall includes Forte small cars from 2017 and 2018 model years, Sedona minivans, Soul small SUVs from 2017 through 2019, as well as the electric Soul.
According to the Korean automaker, the control computer for the airbag can contact a memory chip and damage the electrical circuit, which can stop the airbags from inflating. The problem surfaced in Korea last July. Thus far, no crashes or injuries have been reported, but the company has received 13 customer complaints and 947 warranty claims.
Kia said it will be sending out letters to owners via mail starting March 21. Owners can bring the car to their local dealership. They will inspect the computer and either replace it or update the software.
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