WASHINGTON — Kia Motors America is recalling 7,901 2016 Kia Sorento SUVs for a suspension problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"A component of the rear suspension may not be properly welded," the NHTSA said in its recall summary. "The improper weld may break, affecting the rear suspension alignment, increasing the risk of a crash."
Kia told federal safety regulators that drivers might hear a "popping or clunking noise" if the welds are broken.
"In the interest of the safety of your passengers and the occupants of other vehicles, as well as your own safety, please immediately contact your Kia dealer to arrange for the recall repair to be conducted," Kia said in the recall notice to owners.
A Kia spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
Kia dealers will inspect the welds at the rear suspension crossmember, replacing the rear crossmember assembly as necessary. The recall began on July 27. Owners can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.
Edmunds says: Schedule a service appointment now if you own one of these 2016 Kia Sorento SUVs.