Kia Recall for Shift-Lock Fault

IRVINE, Calif. – Kia America, Inc. has agreed to recall certain model-year 2016 Sedona minivans and Sorento sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) which can be shifted out of “Park” without the driver activating the brake pedal.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-612, “The automatic transmission shift lever assembly contains a shift lock lever and holder. Some shift lock holder components may have been produced out of specification by the supplier. As a result, the shift lock lever may not return to the locked position and the shift lever can be moved out of Park and into any gear position without pressing the brake pedal, regardless of whether the ignition is on or off. If the transmission gear shifter is moved out of the Park position without pressing the brake pedal and the parking brake is not used, a vehicle rollaway can occur thereby increasing the risk of crash and injury.”

The 28,065-recall population consists of 7,263 Sedonas and 20,802 Sorentos.

As of Aug. 3rd, there were no reports of accidents or injuries related to this situation.

The Kia remedy program includes inspection of the shift-lock components and replacements if the inspecting technician determines the need.

Dealers are scheduled to be notified as to the recall by Oct. 3rd; owners are scheduled to be notified by Oct. 7th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.