More than 28,000 Kia Sorento and Sedona models in the United States need repairs due to a transmission problem that increases the risk of displacement.
Kia says impacted vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions are equipped with a shift lever with a shift lock lever and bracket. Some of these shift lock bracket components may have been produced out of specification and as a result the shift lock lever may not return to the locked position, meaning the shift lever may be moved out of Park and into any gear position without depressing the brake pedal. and whether the ignition is on or off.
As the automaker explains in its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall notice, if the shift lever is moved out of Park without depressing the brake pedal or using the parking brake, a rolling of the vehicle may occur.
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The recall affects a total of 7,263 Kia Sedona models that were produced between April 27, 2015 and June 27, 2015. It also affects 20,802 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured from April 27, 2015 to July 9, 2015.
Kia says it will notify dealers of the recall on Oct. 3 before notifying owners of the recall on Oct. 7.
Owners of affected vehicles will be advised to take their vehicle to a Kia dealer where the automatic transmission shift lever assembly will be inspected and, if necessary, the shift lock lever and bracket will be replaced. Kia will also reimburse owners who have already paid to have the issue fixed.