2016 Kia Optima Recalled for Airbag Defect | Edmunds

2016 Kia Optima Recalled for Airbag Defect

WASHINGTON — Kia Motors America is recalling 17 2016 Kia Optima sedans because the driver's front airbag may not deploy in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The driver's frontal airbag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage airbag deployment, resulting in the second stage deploying improperly in certain crashes," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "An airbag that inflates improperly increases the risk of injury."

A Kia spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries or accidents linked to the recall.

The affected Optima sedans were built from November 10, 2015 to February 12, 2016.

Kia dealers will replace the driver's frontal airbag module. The recall is expected to begin sometime in May. Owners can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.

Edmunds says: Kia says it plans to contact affected customers by phone, in addition to sending an official recall notice. Owners should be prepared to make a service appointment soon with their Kia dealer.

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