Safety Recall Update – October 25, 2015

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2013 Kia SorentoHave you checked to see if you own a vehicle that is on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall list? Chances are pretty good that, with millions of vehicles hitting the recall list, yours may just be one of them. You can visit the NHTSA website (or check them out on Facebook) for a complete list of every vehicle that is under recall. You can even enter your vehicle identification number to make sure that you are driving safely (at least in the eyes of the NHTSA).

If you find that your car, truck, van or SUV is on the list, you have two choices. You can wait until you receive a notification letter from the NHTSA and your automaker or you can contact your local dealership and attempt to get some results. If the issue with your vehicle is truly safety related, then I would recommend that you try the latter. gives you the latest major (over 100,000-units) NHTSA recall updates, automotive news and views, and listings for millions of new and used vehicles. There is even an app for your phone that will allow you to track all of your favorite vehicles.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V626000
Kia Recall Campaign Number: SC124

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured from October 19, 2009 through January 31, 2013. Approximately 377,062 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack allowing the transmission to be shifted out of “Park” inadvertently, without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, “Theft Protection.”

Concern: Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll, which may result in a crash.

Correction: Kia will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting a qualified dealer who will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.