Kia Rios recalled, pose injury hazard to child passengers

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Hyundai Kia America Technical Center Incorporated has announced the voluntary recall of Kia Rios manufactured between February of 2005 and December of 2007 due to a potential air bag related safety hazard posed to small children. The model year 2006 through model year 2008 Kia Rios affected by this recall, issued in response to a request from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, have been equipped with a front passenger seat occupant sensor mat that may become cracked with prolonged routine use. The front passenger seat occupant sensor mat may become so cracked with fatigue that it causes the vehicle’s Occupant Classification System to fail. If the Occupant Classification System fails, the vehicle’s safety features will no longer modify themselves in response to the presence of a child in the front passenger seat, and in the event of a traffic collision, the vehicle’s passenger side air bag may deploy, putting the child at risk of sustaining serious injury. Hyundai Kia America Technical Center Incorporated has announced plans to notify the owners of vehicles affected by this recall of the potential injury hazard posed by a malfunctioning front passenger seat occupant sensor mat. Consumers in possession of affected Kia Rios will be able to return them to authorized Kia dealerships, where the occupant sensor mat will be replaced with a more durable version at no additional cost. Kia’s safety recall campaign number for this recall is SC097.