WASHINGTON — Kia Motors America is recalling 5,245 2013 Kia Forte vehicles because of a front seatbelt problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The screws that hold the front seatbelt retractor retaining plates may not have been properly tightened, and as a result, the seatbelt retaining plates may break in a crash," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If a retaining plate breaks during a crash, pieces of the plate could strike the occupants, increasing risk of injury."
Kia told federal safety regulators it became aware of the concern on September 28, 2015 when a customer posted on social media that a metal piece from a seatbelt assembly lodged in a child's leg during a crash.
Since then, Kia has received one customer-assistance case center report about the problem and zero warranty claims, it said in a chronology of the recall.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should be ready to make a service appointment to fix this problem in a couple of weeks. If you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.