The AP (6/8, Krisher) reports on the recall of over a half-million cars in the U.S. by Kia because the air bags may not work in a car accident. The story says the recall is connected to Hyundai’s recall, with both automakers now having recalled nearly 1.1 million cars due to the same issue, which has been linked to four deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating the issue since March and said at the time it had reports of six front-end car crashes with significant damage to the cars.
Reuters (6/8, Shepardson) reports Kia “said the air bag control unit may short circuit because they may be susceptible to electrical overstress, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners, which pull the driver and front seat passenger firmly back into their seats, from deploying.”
The Wall Street Journal (6/8, Roberts, Subscription Publication, 6.13M), Fox Business (6/8, Rocco, 1.29M), and Law360 (6/8, Graf, Subscription Publication, 8K) also report.
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