In yet another spate of recent recalls for air bag problems: Kia is recalling about 73,000 Rio subcompacts for a problem with the front-passenger air bag.
The recall covers 2006 to 2008 model Rios built from Feb. 20, 2005 to Dec. 9, 2007, the Associated Press reports. The build date can be found on the plate on the driver’s door jamb.
The safety defect involves a sensor in the front passenger seat that can crack and fail to detect whether a child is in the seat. That would let the bag inflate in a crash, injuring the seat occupant, according to documents posted today on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The bag is not supposed to go off if a child is sitting in the front passenger seat.
Kia said it doesn’t know of any injuries stemming from the problem and dealers will replace the sensors starting next month. More details available from Kia at (800) 333-4542.