“The Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) cover may contact a memory chip on the printed circuit board and damage the electrical circuit,” a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website on Jan. 25 reads. “Circuit damage may result in deactivated airbags that will not deploy in a crash.”
Kia has received 13 customer complaints and 947 warranty claims related to the issue. However, no fatalities, injuries, crashes or fires have been reported. The issue first surfaced in Korea last July.
Kia said dealers will inspect the airbag control unit and either update its software or replace it free of charge. Kia will also reimburse owners of the impacted vehicles for any repair expenses already incurred.
Owners of impacted vehicles will be notified by mail starting March 21 and can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.