Kia Motors is recalling 145,755 Kia Optima and Kia Rondo models to repair a faulty clock spring in the steering column that could potentially stop the driver’s front airbag from working.
The recall affects 2006 to 2008 Kia Optima sedans manufactured between Sept. 29, 2005 and Jan. 29, 2008 and model year 2007 and 2008 Kia Rondo hatchbacks manufactured between Sept. 13, 2006 and and March 21, 2008. As noted in the recall, the clock spring in the steering column has a tendency to degrade over time, potentially causing a high amount of resistance in the cars’ electronics systems—notably in the airbags. As a consequence, the steering wheel-mounted airbag may not deploy in a collision.
Kia is expected to begin notifying owners of affected Rondo and Optima vehicles in March 2012 and will replace them free of charge. For further information, customers can contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236, referencing campaign number 12V014000.