NHTSA announces recalls for Kia, Hyundai and Subaru

More car companies have placed recalls on their consumer vehicles this week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Hyundai, Subaru and Kia will be recalling nearly 286,500 vehicles for manufacturing defects that could lead to increased risks of accidents and injuries.

Hyundai’s recall is the largest, with 205,233 Santa Fe and Vera Cruz models manufactured between December 2006 and March 2008 being called into question. The issue is with the clock spring contact assembly, which may develop a high resistance and damage the driver’s air bag supplemental restraint system. If this occurs, the air bag may not deploy in the event of an accident.

The Kia Sorento from the 2007 and 2008 model year is also experiencing trouble with its air bag system. More than 10,000 of the vehicle are being recalled due to a defect that may possibly shut off the air bag deployment when an adult is in the passenger seat. The system is designed to deactivate the air bag when a child is in the seat, but a factory defect may cause the car to recognize an adult as a child.

Subaru is recalling nearly 70,000 Legacy and Outback models from the 2011 model year as well. The moon roof on certain vehicles may become loose and potentially detach itself from the car because an inadequate amount of adhesive was applied. In affected cars, this will likely occur while they are being driven, as the vibrations from driving could loosen the glass and potentially fall into the vehicle, which could increase the risk of a crash.

It is exceptionally important for drivers who are considering buying these models to make sure that the necessary repairs have been made before they buy the car. This can be done by asking the dealer for copies of repair and maintenance records for the vehicle, bringing in an independent mechanic to inspect the car and looking up the VIN number on an online car history provider, such as CarFax.com.

Drivers who are shopping with car loans, especially, will probably not want to spend money repairing their vehicles right off the bat, especially with monthly loan payments. Most factory recalls are fixed free-of-charge for the consumer, but it is still a good idea to make sure that these repairs have been made before finalizing a purchase for added peace-of-mind.