Kia has announced that it is recalling 145,000 vehicles to address faulty airbags. A total of 95,569 Optima sedans built between 2006 and 2008 and 50,186 Rondo MPVs built between 2007 and 2008 are included in the recall.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles may have been built with a clock spring in the steering column that may fatigue and break over time. As a result, the vehicles may illuminate the airbag warning light on the dash and the airbag may not deploy in the event of an accident. The automaker says that while it has received some warranty claims for the problem, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the default.

Kia plans to notify affected Optima and Rondo owners in March. Those vehicles that currently have their airbag lights illuminated will be fixed first. Click past the jump for the full recall notification.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
KIA / OPTIMA 2006-2008
KIA / RONDO 2007-2008

Manufacturer: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION Mfr's Report Date: JAN 13, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V014000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 145,755

Summary:
KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC. (KIA) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2008 KIA OPTIMA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 29, 2005, THROUGH JANUARY 29, 2008, AND MODEL YEAR 2007 AND 2008 KIA RONDO VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 13, 2006, THROUGH MARCH 21, 2008. THE CLOCK SPRING CONTACT ASSEMBLY FOR THE DRIVER'S SIDE AIR BAG SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS) MAY BECOME DAMAGED THROUGH USAGE OVER TIME. IF THE CLOCK SPRING CONTACT ASSEMBLY BECOMES DAMAGED, THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT WILL EXPERIENCE A HIGH RESISTANCE CONDITION POTENTIALLY CAUSING THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG TO NOT DEPLOY.

Consequence:
IF THE CLOCK SPRING DEVELOPS HIGH RESISTANCE, IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE DRIVERS AIR BAG WILL NOT DEPLOY AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT THE DRIVER, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.

Remedy:
KIA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE VEHICLE'S AIR BAG CLOCK SPRING CONTACT ASSEMBLY AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-333-4542.

Notes:
KIA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS SC094. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Rondo is FUGLY!!!
      psridgell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our 2007 Rondo air bag light has been on for about 6 months, we didn't have the money to fix it. The other problem right off the bat that should be covered is the seat belt plastic covers broke off three of our belts, through normal use. So two back seat belts don't work, and I was able to duct tape one back together
      • 2 Years Ago
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        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        How on earth is the Sonata attractive? Oh right, they just stole bits from everyone else. And still messed it up. The front looks like it's been smacked up before you bought it.
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        Ugly is as ugly buys, right mr Sonata?
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Gotta say 2013 Fusion has it beat in every category.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
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      Cain Gray
      • 2 Years Ago
      KIA = Killed In Action (I do mistake new models as Lexus' from far away these days)
      talentools
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own two KIA s I am pleased with both of them.If one car satisfied everyone s needs we would only need one car maker. Thousands of AMERICANS are working today because of KIA.... Ask Pontiac line workers what they think of that tidbit .....
        jorwmu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @talentools
        Pontiac line workers were out of a job in the 1st place because foriegn governments allow their car companies to sell cars at a loss so American companies cant' compete. Once the American companies are gone, they jack up the price & build everything in Mexico. Thank God for the bailout & now the big 3 are back on top. Screw Korea and Japan BUY AMERICAN!
          ndavlin
          • 4 Months Ago
          @jorwmu

          I would prefer to buy American and when America starts building better cars and at a price the average American can afford, I will.  I have a 2004 and two 2006 Kias and have had great luck with them.  I have had other Chevrolets and Oldsmobiles and have had constant problems. 

      Richard Goebel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next time, be American and BUY American.
        Mrs. Good
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
        KIA is american, where you been?
          Kevin K H Chan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mrs. Good
          Check your facts. Kia has been and always will be Korean. Its owned by a Korean company called Hyundai Motor Group and their headquarters are in Seoul, South Korea. And if it isn't obvious enough, Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. I don't think I saw the word "American" other than the one I just mentioned in this entire reply.
        iagreg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
        Chevy Prizm = Toyota, Geo Storm = Isuzu, Chevy Metro = Suzuki, Dodge Colt = Mitsubishi, Ford = Mazda Next time be American and vote Republican
          Richard Goebel
          • 2 Years Ago
          @iagreg
          Yeah, I might vote republican--I like war, economic recession, and strip mining.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is sad that the economy allows for these types of cars to exist. What happened to styling in cars.. To be honest the 1962-65 Chevy II May of ben the last of the good looking compacts. The Vega was attractive also. Just had a bad silicone/Alluminum engine. They put the iron engine back in and it was a fine car. years later they are sought after to hot rod. No one will ever hot rod these . they can never become classics. just a space filler between needing a car then finally getting a real car.
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        They're gone because most people can't afford eight miles to the gallon. Or forty grand for an entry level sedan, which would be the going rate with the amount of raw steel in some of those cars. All iron construction and the aerodynamics of a brick just aren't feasible these days.
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      airbag...shmairbag
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Rondo is super homely, but man, what a useful shape. I wish MPVs were popular in the states.
      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to "thumbs up" your comment a million times.
      jamps1432
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh boy..........etc,etc,
      • 2 Years Ago
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