Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 79,867 2006-2012 model-year Kia Sedona minivans that were originally sold in, or are currently registered in, states where road salt is widely used for snow removal.
The vehicles’ exposure to such corrosive material can eventually cause the front lower control arms to break, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. The driver may lose control of the vehicle as a result.
The recall covers Sedona vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2005, through August 14, 2012. The recalled vehicles are in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The District of Columbia is also included.
Kia dealers will inspect these vehicles to assess the level of corrosion. The front lower control arms will either be rustproofed or replaced, free of charge.
The recall is set to begin in December. Vehicle owners can reach Kia at 1-800-4542.