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Kia Motors America is recalling more than 377,000 Sorento crossovers from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years.
According to a report in The Car Connection, some of those vehicles suffer from a manufacturing defect that could cause them to roll away.
The faulty component in question is a brake-shift interlock manufactured by SL Tennessee. If drivers use excessive force on the Sorento’s gearshift lever, the interlock can crack or chip.
If that happens, the interlock will not work as intended, allowing the vehicle to be shifted out of “park” without depressing the brakes.
Potential to Cause Injuries
If the vehicle is parked on an incline when that occurs, it may roll posing risk of injury to passengers, bystanders or other vehicles.
The recall affects 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured between October 19, 2009 and January 31, 2013. About 377,062 vehicles in the United States are included in the recall. So far, the automaker has received a total of 54 warranty claims related to the issue as well as 14 customer complaints.
Three injuries may be linked to the problem. In one case, the vehicle owner alleges that the Sorento hit his son resulting in a broken leg. Kia will mail recall notices to owners in late November. Once the recall begins, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Kia dealers who will then replace the brake-shift interlock mechanisms on their vehicles at no charge.
Auto Product Liability Issues
There is no question that vehicles that roll away when parked can result in serious injuries and damages. If you own one of these vehicles, it is important that you take it to a dealer or mechanic for a complete inspection. Automakers who recall vehicles for safety defects are required under the law to do the repairs at no cost to consumers.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to these rollaway issues, please contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and hold the negligent automakers liable. Plaintiffs in such cases must prove that the product was defective and that their injuries and damages were caused by the said defects.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.