Sorento

Kia Motors America is recalling 377,000 Sorento SUVs due to an issue relating to its transmission, which can cause the vehicle to roll unintentionally when it is parked. The defect has resulted in three injuries, 54 warranty claims and 14 customer complaints in the US, according to the company.

In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may be damaged, allowing the transmission to be shifted out of “Park” without the need for the brakes to be depressed. As a consequence, should the vehicle be shifted out of Park unintentionally, it could roll and result in a crash. The fix involves replacing the brake-shift interlock mechanism.

In its official filing with the United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Korean carmaker stated that the recall would affect the 2011 to 2013 model year Sorentos. The filing also pointed that due to this issue, the affected vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, “Theft Protection.”

A quick check with official local distributor Naza Kia Malaysia confirmed that this recall does not affect Kia Sorento models sold in Malaysia.