Kia is recalling 319,436 automobiles to repair a trunk latch that may crack, stopping it from being opened from the within, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has introduced.
The recalled fashions embrace the 2016-2017 Rio, the 2016-2018 Optima, and the 2017 and 2018 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in hybrid automobiles.
In keeping with a recall discover posted Wednesday by NHTSA, the bottom of the automobiles’ trunk latch can crack, stopping the opening of the trunk from the within. Federal auto security laws require that trunks could be opened from the within. Kia spokesman James Bell stated no accidents or deaths have been related to the recall.
“An individual contained in the trunk compartment could grow to be trapped, growing their danger of harm,” wrote NHTSA recall division chief Alex Ansley in a letter addressed to J.S. (Jurassic) Park, the chief security workplace at Kia.
Automobile homeowners have till Oct. 19 to take their automobiles to Kia dealerships, the place the faulty trunk latch half will likely be changed freed from cost.