106,000 Vehicle Recall Issued Over Defective Sliding Doors


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A major auto recall has been issued for over 106,000 vehicles, after several people were injured by automatic sliding doors.

Kia is recalling its popular Sedona minivan because of multiple reports of power sliding doors causing injuries.

Sedona owners are encouraged to visit the Kia website (by clicking here) and enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) to verify f their model is included in the recall.

The Kia recall includes Sedonas manufactured between 2015 to 2018.

CNET.com reports on the Kia recall.

The 2015-2018 Kia Sedona minivan is being recalled because its power-sliding doors might not stop moving when they hit an obstruction while closing. The recall affects 106,428 vans in the US, and requires that Kia dealers reprogram the control model for the vans’ sliding doors.

Kia first began investigating the door problem in September 2017 after customer complaints that the Sedona’s doors didn’t auto-reverse when obstructed, but engineers initially couldn’t replicate the problem. Subsequent investigates revealed that while the system that was intended to stop the doors if they hit an obstacle worked, its threshold was set too high to stop in every situation.

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The Kia Sedona

Kia says that in 14 of the 21 customer complaints it received about the problems, customers alleged that the closing doors had injured someone — though Kia says that it only has confirmed two of those injuries.

To solve the problem, Kia worked with a supplier to reprogram the power-door control module with a lower threshold for detecting an obstruction. The change was already applied on the production line, and the recall of already-sold vehicles will start on June 18.

The Kia recall is covered here by CBS Pittsburgh.

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