Kia Recalls Sportage and Carnival Models Over Roof Molding Issue

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Recall Affects Over 100,000 Units Due to Risk of Detached Roof Molding

Kia has issued a recall for certain Sportage and Carnival models, affecting over 100,000 units, due to a potential issue with the roof molding that could lead to detachment while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identified two possible causes for the problem: an excess of panel sealer application interfering with retaining clips and incorrect installation of trimmings during vehicle assembly.

Recalled Models: The recall covers 40,426 units of the 2022-2023 Sportage and 60,623 units of the 2022-2024 Carnival. Both models, despite being relatively recent introductions, have faced recalls in the past for unrelated issues.

Production Plants: The Sportage is assembled at the Kia Georgia plant, while the Carnival is produced in South Korea. Despite different manufacturing locations, the issue appears to be related to an incorrect installation guide.

Identification of Issue: Kia identified an increasing number of incidents related to the roof molding problem in September, prompting duplication testing in October to determine the cause.

Potential Consequences: While no crashes or injuries have been reported as of now, Kia advises owners to check for loose trimmings before driving and listen for unusual noises. The detachment of the roof could pose a serious risk to occupants and others nearby.

Remedy Program: Kia dealerships will secure or replace the roof moldings as part of the recall. Owners who incurred repair costs related to the issue will be eligible for reimbursement. Kia’s warranty coverage remains unaffected for recall-related repairs.

Preventive Measures: Kia has improved the assembly process and training programs to prevent a recurrence of the issue. Changes include ensuring that retaining clips do not interfere with excessive roof panel sealer.

Notification Schedule: Dealers will receive recall notifications on March 12, with owners of potentially affected units being notified three days later.

While the recall addresses a potential safety concern, Kia emphasizes its commitment to resolving the issue promptly and ensuring the safety of its customers. Owners of the affected Sportage and Carnival models are urged to follow the recall instructions and have the necessary inspections and repairs conducted by authorized dealers.