Kia is officially recalling just over 3,100 2014 Cadenza sedans. While that might not seem like a lot of vehicles, the reason for the recall is particularly troubling – the optional 19-inch wheels on these cars are prone to cracking. Doubly troubling? Cold weather tends to make things worse, so if you drove your new Cadenza during this past Winter of Hell, you'll want to get on the horn with your local dealer.

The affected cars, all of which have 19-inch wheels, were built between February 1, 2013 and August 27, 2013. Kia is in the process of notifying owners, and should be completed by the end of the month. Based on the recall documents, it doesn't appear that there have been any injuries or crashes due to the wheel fractures.

Owners will need to report to dealers, where their cars will be fitted with replacement wheels, free of charge. Scroll down for the official bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Manufacturer: Kia Motors Corporation

SUMMARY:
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Cadenza vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, through August 27, 2013, and equipped with 19" non-chrome aluminum wheels. The wheels on the affected vehicles may fracture from impacts such as large, deep potholes.

CONSEQUENCE:
A wheel fracture could cause the circular rim to separate, resulting in a loss of tire pressure, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheels with new wheels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC107.

NOTES:
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.


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      Ken Mam
      • 6 Months Ago
      What a POS this car is. Any sucker that falls for false advertising and pay 70k for a stinking KIA that will decipreciate like a rock deserved to have their wheels crack.
        superchan7
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        You're a little off on the price (by a factor of 2, perhaps), although I will agree those wheels are crap. Any low-profile setup on a non-performance car is useless.
        Cameron Mousseau
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        70k????
        Arjay225
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        Because of small 1 recall on this vehicle which is microscopic compared to the "high quality" GM and Toyota who have had over 5 million vehicles recalled between the two of them this year alone? This car is 40k by the way... and is a fantastic car. Read some reviews sir.
        JDubbs115
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        The Cadenza' MSRP is $42,400. Furthermore, Kia's depreciation rate is roughly industry average. False advertising?
          Ken Mam
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          Kia and Hyundai don't suffer from massive recalls because they don't sell in massive numbers like GM Toyota and don't have a presence in other major markets. False advertising in part of Hyundai of their claim of 10 years/100k warranty which only covers the powertrain. And it only specitify a defect in the manfacturing process. So if your piston rings wear out or the transmission turbine shafts fails, guess who's paying for that? You are.
          Justin
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          Not only that JDubbs115, but Hyundai is larger than Ford in sales if you include Kia, which share platforms and drivetrains with Hyundai.
          JDubbs115
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          @chanonissan If you review the link I provided you'll see the Hyundai group produced more than 3 million MORE vehicles than Nissan, which outsold Honda by roughly 700k. That year they outsold Ford by 1.5 mil, though Ford has since reclaimed 4th place. It is a larger company, period. China would not bump up Nissan's numbers substantially enough to matter.
          chanonissan
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          @JDubbs115, you see honda makes bikes, lawn cutters etc, nissan make bus and large trucks,forklifts, speed boats,ETC which is not counted in the report you paste.
          JDubbs115
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          @chanonissan - a review of Forbes newest Global 2000 list shows that Honda does, indeed, rank ahead of Hyundai and Kia individually, but as an automotive group they surpass both Honda and Nissan in every metric. Before you wonder why H/K are separated (and no Acura or Infiniti present), it's because they are in fact separate companies. Acura and Infiniti are sub-divisions. http://www.forbes.com/global2000/list/#page:1_sort:0_direction:asc_search:_filter:Auto%20%26%20Truck%20Manufacturers_filter:All%20countries_filter:All%20states
          JDubbs115
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          @chanonissan - Just as Hyundai's heavy industry production is included in the link I provided, so is Nissan's. They both make delivery trucks, semi's etc. Nissan is smaller. Period. And are you really trying to throw LAWN MOWER sales in to build an argument? Seriously??? These are all separate divisions. They don't count. It's smaller. Please stop liking your own comments.
          chanonissan
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          If you are still not convince, straight out of hyundai mouth "Seoul-based Hyundai plans to increase sales by 3.8 percent to 4.9 million vehicles this year" that is less than 5.1 million vehicle nissan sold last year. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-01/hyundai-kia-forecast-vehicle-sales-of-7-86-million-units-in-2014.html
          chanonissan
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          so you want to combined kia and hyundai as a automotive group, well nissan and renault makes up the nissan-renault alliance automotive group, and they sell over 8 million vehicles last year that is more the hyundai and kia sold, that should been seen on the forbes list you presented http://www.forbes.com/global2000/list/#page:1_sort:0_direction:asc_search:_filter:Auto%20%2 http://driving.ca/toyota/corolla/auto-news/news/the-top-10-largest-automakers-in-the-world
          chanonissan
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          And further more hyundai did not sell 7.1 million vehicles, that amount of vehicle is a combined of both them and kia, hyundia motor is make up of kia. as you can see combine hyundai and kia is 7.5 million This is the new report http://driving.ca/toyota/corolla/auto-news/news/the-top-10-largest-automakers-in-the-world
          chanonissan
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JDubbs115
          http://www.forbes.com/sites/vannale/2014/05/07/global-2000-the-worlds-largest-auto-companies-of-2014/
        Ken Mam
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        The only reason why they are the 5th largest is because of their monopoly over the Korean market. The Koreans are nationalistic when it comes to electronics, cars, consumer goods, etc. If you factor out the Korean market, they are low, lower then TATA, SAIC, Geely, and Fiat-Chrysler. Now go even further, if you factor out Hyundai's heavy industries business such as bulldozers, tractors, canes, trucks; their sales figures are a lot lower than anybody else.
          JDubbs115
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ken Mam
          Hyundai's largest markets by far are China and North America, not South Korea. The Korean auto market is small in comparison. 90% of their sales come from their passenger cars, not heavy industry.
          Arjay225
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ken Mam
          The 5th largest statement are numbers that involve the Auto Industry only. Hyundai Motor Company is just a sub company of Hyundai(which does the Korean market for electronics, steel, among other products). Why would electronics and steel factor into the vehicles sold, that helped Hyundai Motor Company to 5th spot on the worlds largest automakers list? If that were the case, Mitsubishi and Samsung would be number 1. I like where youre trying to go, but that doesnt really factor into this matter at all.
        PlanB
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        Dude you must be fresh out of troll school. If you're going to troll, at least get your facts straight.
        Justin
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        The Japanese and American companies have had multiple recalls in the millions of vehicles and you call out Kia for something that affects a few thousand cars?? And Hyundai/Kia sell cars in the US by the millions so there goes your other argument.
          JDubbs115
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Justin
          @Patriot - Don't cherry pick your argument, report all the facts. Hyundai/Kia did recall 2.2 million US vehicles in 2013, but they were by no means the leader. Toyota - 5.3 million Chrysler - 4.7 million Honda - 2.8 million H/K - 2.2 million Ford - 1.2 million
          Patriot
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Justin
          "The South Korean siblings announced Friday U.S. combined sales of nearly 1.26 million vehicles for 2013, a slight decline of 0.4 percent from the previous year. For December, sales fell 2 percent to 96,636 units". Clearly selling cars here by the millions. This brings up another fact. Hyundai/Kia junk twins had 2.2M vehicle recalls in the USA for 2013. All you hear about is how GM is recalling more cars than they have sold in 5 years(which is wrong) but no mention of the fact that Hyundai/Kia IS recalling more cars than they sold here. Good catch Justin, you are clearly the go to guy for facts on this forum. Good to see you have no issues supporting a brand that by percentage has recalled more vehicles than GM and builds plastic junk to boot. Oh wait, arent you the guy whose parents bought this junk pile over an Impala LTZ?
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Justin
          much like most recalls, including the big three, this is a supplier issue....kia doesnt build these wheels they outsource them....
          Justin
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Justin
          Patriot - You just made my point. I didn't say millions per year. There are millions of them on the road, most major recalls affect several models across multiple years. It's pretty hilarious that you are acting like GM of all companies makes a better car than Hyundai/Kia when GM has been making pure junk for decades.
      cathy&lauren
      • 16 Days Ago


      hi

      Scooter
      • 6 Months Ago
      I remember seeing this car some time ago driving in the evening with new-car paper dealer plates with only one functioning taillight... Lol.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 6 Months Ago
      One of my brothers has a car with sporty wheels and rims, he constantly has trouble with tires. Punctures, bubbles, whatever. I and my other bro have regular old fashioned fat tires and we have not had any issues.
        Cuartz
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        cool story bro
        Fugger
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        No one asked.
        superchan7
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        I save the sweet wheel/tire package for the sports car. In that car I have to avoid potholes and ruts like the plague anyway. My daily driver has thicker tires and I won't use wheels that suggest performance that I don't have. I also want to be able to go to and from work without caring too much about the road surface. Meanwhile, my friends in their "sweet" automatic 3 series bend their upgraded M rims.
      FIDTRO
      • 6 Months Ago
      They can style it to make as European as they want, but at the end of the day, Kia is still selling you a shoddy quality Korean car.
      david.bergman1
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nothing screams premium like wheel fractures. Kia, stick to what you know.
      SamerIraq
      • 6 Months Ago
      In Middle East, the fully loaded Cadenza with all options costs around 32 K dollars which is a very good value
      PlanB
      • 6 Months Ago
      I actually rather like this recall. They're all getting new rims whether they're cracked or not.
      bullitt2605
      • 6 Months Ago
      BMW has this same issue but I guess that different.
        bullitt2605
        • 6 Months Ago
        @bullitt2605
        And at least Kia is owning up to the fact which BMW isn't. "BMW’s failure to disclose the fact that the BMW Alloy Wheels prematurely crack is especially egregious in light of the safety hazard resulting from driving with a cracked wheel, due to the loss of tire pressure that typically ensues."
      Mark
      • 6 Months Ago
      and the recallpocalypse continues!
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