Kia is recalling 40,817 examples of its Carnival people mover, Cerato small sedan and hatch, and Soul small crossover due to a manufacturing issue that may prevent the airbags from deploying.
“Due to a manufacturing issue, the Airbag Control Unit (ACU) cover and the Electronically Erasable Programming Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) chip may have been produced with insufficient clearance,” the company says in its recall notice.
“This could cause the airbag warning lights to illuminate and the airbags may not deploy.”
- A total of 40,817 vehicles are affected
- The VIN lists are spread over two documents attached here and here
- The original recall notice is attached here
If you own an affected vehicle, you’ll need to contact your nearest Kia dealer to arrange a free inspection and fix.
“If the Airbag Warning Light is illuminated, and Fault Code B162000 is stored, the dealer will replace the ACU with an improved unit,” says the Korean brand in its recall notice.
“If the Airbag Warning Light is not illuminated, a software update will be performed to the ACU ensuring deployment of the Airbag(s) in the event of an accident.”
If you have any further questions, you can call Kia Australia on 131 542.