The manufacturers have initiated the recall of approximately two million vehicles due to concerns regarding roof molding on certain Kia Sportage and Carnival vehicles and trim retention fasteners on specific Ford Explorer models.
Ford is conducting a recall of 1.89 million Explorer sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which were manufactured between 2011 and 2019, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Kia is recalling approximately 101,000 vehicles in total. Kia is recalling specific model years of its Sportage SUV from 2023 to 2024 and its Carnival passenger van from 2022 to 2024.
You are permitted to bring your vehicle to a dealer for free inspection and replacement of the affected part if it is involved in either recall.
Ford Explorer Retention Clips for Trim
NHTSA stated in its safety recall report that under certain driving conditions, Ford A-trim retention clips may detach and tumble off the vehicles, posing a road hazard and increasing the risk of an accident. The issue, according to NHTSA, is that the fasteners might not be engaged effectively.
By March 13, Ford is anticipated to notify affected owners of the recall via letters, according to the NHTSA.
Additionally, Ford customer service can be reached at 1-866-436-7332, the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline can be reached at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), and the NHTSA website can be visited.
The recall number assigned to Ford is 24S02.
Carnival and Sportage Kia Automobile Roof Molding
The roof molding on certain Kia vehicles may become loose or detach under specific driving conditions, increasing the risk of a collision and posing a hazard on the road, according to the NHTSA’s safety recall report. The remedy, according to the agency, consists of replacing or securing the roof molding.
The NHTSA anticipates that Kia will notify affected owners of the recall via letter by March 15.
Additionally, Kia customer service can be reached at 1-800-333-4542; the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline can be reached at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153); or the NHTSA website can be visited.
The recall number assigned to Kia is SC292.
How to determine whether a vehicle is undergoing a recall
Recalls of vehicles are frequent. On a regular basis, automakers conduct safety and functionality inspections to notify drivers of required repairs.
The NHTSA website provides the ability to examine manufacturer recalls for any make and model of automobile. In order to conduct a search, your vehicle identification number is required.
To determine whether any Ford model is subject to a recall, consult the organization’s safety recall website.
To determine whether any Kia model has been recalled, consult the organization’s safety recall website.
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