Kia Motors has agreed to recall more than 377,000 of its Sorento vehicles in line with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations after receiving reports of injuries caused by a brake shift malfunction that allows a parked car to roll away. NHTSA said Kia Motors America Inc. notified the agency of its intention to begin a recall of 377,062 Sorento crossover sport utility vehicles between model years 2011 and 2013 by the end of this month due to three reports of injury caused by the car’s transmission shifting out of park without stepping on the brake pedal.
The malfunction is caused by chips or cracks in the car’s park position catch resulting from repeated “excessive force” applied to the gear shift lever. All of the recalled vehicles are estimated to be affected by the issue, according to NHTSA documents. “A vehicle that is shifted out of park without depressing the brake pedal can allow the vehicle to roll, creating a risk of crash and/or injury, especially if a driver is not present,” the agency said in a safety report.
Kia has reviewed field data for 2011 to 2013 Sorentos and found 54 warranty claims, 14 customer complaints and three alleged injuries, according to NHTSA documents.
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