WASHINGTON — Kia Motors America is recalling 97,884 2006-'12 Kia Sedona minivans in salt-belt states because of a suspension problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The front lower control arms may break due to corrosion from salt water exposure, such as from road-salt use," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."
A Kia spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries or crashes linked to the recall.
The affected vehicles were built from June 15, 2005 through August 14, 2012.
Some of the vehicles may have been recalled previously for the same problem.
Kia dealers will replace the front lower control arms on the 2006-'07 Sedona minivans. The 2008-'12 models will either have their front lower control arms replaced or additional anti-corrosion coating will be applied. The recall is expected to begin on July 25.
Owners can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.