By Jennifer Geiger on June 5, 2012
Kia is recalling 72,568 model-year 2006-08 versions of the Rio subcompact car due to problems with the airbag’s occupant-sensing system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were built from Feb. 20, 2005, through Dec. 9, 2007. In the affected vehicles, occupant sensor mat for the front passenger seat might crack, causing the occupant-sensing system to malfunction. If the system can’t detect if a child is in the passenger seat and the airbag deploys, the child faces a higher risk of injury. There have been “no reports of undesired airbag deployments or injuries,” Kia said.
Kia will notify owners in July, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer