Kia recalls 130,000 Souls for airbags that might not deploy

Kia is recalling greater than 128,000 examples of the 2014 Soul to deal with entrance airbags that will not deploy in a collision resulting from a defective management module. This recall addresses an analogous situation as a marketing campaign introduced earlier within the 12 months for the 2017-2019 Soul and Soul EV, 2017-2018 Forte, 2017 Forte Koup and 2017-2019 Sedona, however the root reason for the 2 points is completely different.

The earlier marketing campaign addressed a producing defect that might outcome within the digital circuits contained in the module shorting out resulting from contact between inside parts. This downside is extra of a “good storm” situation, in accordance with Kia. To ensure that the airbags to fail to deploy, a collision must be extreme sufficient for each the left and proper entrance impression sensors to be disabled concurrently, previous to them with the ability to alert the module to the collision to provoke airbag deployment.

“Within the uncommon occasion that communication to the Airbag Management Unit (ACU) from each the left and proper entrance impression sensors is concurrently misplaced early in a extreme crash, earlier than frontal airbag deployment is commanded by the ACU, the entrance airbags won’t deploy, ” Kia’s recall report mentioned.

Simply how uncommon is that? Properly, per Kia’s chronology, the difficulty was delivered to the corporate’s consideration by a lawsuit filed in 2019. Kia says just one incident has been reported with a single harm and no fatalities reported, so it stands to purpose that the automobile on the heart of that go well with is the one one which has demonstrated this failure in the true world.

“Although the simultaneous lack of communication from each left and proper entrance impression sensors to the ACU earlier than frontal airbag deployment is commanded by the ACU is a uncommon crash occasion, as a precautionary measure, Kia NA decides to conduct a security recall for the 2014MY Soul,” its February, 2022 entry mentioned.

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