Kia Recalls Sportage and Carnival Vehicles

Kia’s Recall of Sportage and Carnival Vehicles Due to Roof Trim Concerns

Kia has initiated a recall involving select 2023 to 2024 Sportage SUVs and 2022 to 2024 Carnival minivans, affecting over 101,000 vehicles. This recall is prompted by the potential detachment of trim pieces from the vehicle’s roof while in motion, which could pose a road hazard. Kia has identified an assembly issue as the root cause of this problem. While there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to this issue, it’s essential to address it promptly to ensure road safety.

Identifying the Issue

Owners of the affected vehicles may notice signs of trouble related to the trim panels on their roofs. If the trim panels are on the verge of detaching, drivers might hear unusual noises or observe the roof molding starting to separate from the vehicle.

Kia’s Response

Kia dealerships are taking proactive measures to rectify this issue. They will conduct inspections and, if necessary, replace or repair the problematic roof moldings at no cost to the owners. This comprehensive approach aims to resolve the assembly problem, ensuring the trim remains securely in place while driving.

Vehicle Details

Here are the specifics of the vehicles affected by this recall:

  • Kia Sportage SUVs: Manufactured between January 12, 2022, and November 29, 2023
  • Kia Carnival Minivans: Manufactured between January 5, 2021, and November 24, 2023

Steps for Vehicle Owners

If you own one of the recalled Kia Sportage SUVs or Carnival minivans, it’s crucial to take the following steps:

  • Contact Kia: Owners are encouraged to contact Kia directly at 800-333-4542 to initiate the recall process. This step is essential to schedule an inspection and any necessary repairs promptly.
  • Refer to Recall Numbers:
    • NHTSA campaign number: 24V025
    • Kia’s internal recall number: SC292

Checking for Open Recalls

It’s a good practice for all vehicle owners to periodically check for open recalls, even if your vehicle is not part of this specific recall. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Visit the NHTSA’s website dedicated to vehicle recalls.
  • Use your car’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to check for recalls. If there are no open recalls listed for your vehicle, it means that there are currently no outstanding safety issues. However, it’s advisable to revisit this process regularly, as automakers frequently issue recalls for various reasons, and even older vehicles may be subject to recalls over time.

By staying proactive and addressing recalls promptly, vehicle owners can contribute to safer road conditions for themselves and others. Kia is committed to ensuring the safety of its customers and vehicles, and this recall is part of that ongoing effort.

The Importance of a Recall

Recalls play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and well-being of consumers on the road. They are a critical mechanism through which automakers identify and address potential safety issues or vehicle defects. By initiating recalls, manufacturers take responsibility for rectifying problems that could compromise the safety of drivers and passengers on the road. Recall campaigns offer swift and effective resolution, often involving free inspections, repairs, or replacements of faulty components. Emphasizing the importance of recalls underscores automakers’ commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards and preserving the trust of their customers, ultimately contributing to safer road conditions for everyone.

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