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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 15, 2015

Kia recalls over 377,000 vehicles to correct brake-shift interlock mechanism

By John Dumoulin

Kia Motors America has recalled approximately 377,062 model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured from October 19, 2009, to January 31, 2013, because if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever in the affected vehicles, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack, allowing the transmission to be shifted out of “Park” without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, “Theft Protection.” Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll, which may result in a crash, Kia warned (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 15V626, Report receipt date: October 6, 2015).

Remedy. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 24, 2015.

Contact information. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC124. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Kia Motors America

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