Huge Recall Ordered

( – In another yet concerning and frustrating occurrence for the car industry, Kia America, Inc. is recalling 427,407 Kia Telluride SUVs due to concerns that they might shift while parked, which will lead to potential accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a recent document in which The Irvine, California-based manufacturer said that the intermediate shaft and right front driveshaft in each affected vehicle “may not be fully engaged due to suspected improper assembly by the supplier.”

“Over time, partial engagement can cause damage to the intermediate shaft splines,” the NHTSA document continued. “Damaged shaft splines may result in unintended vehicle movement while in Park if the parking brake is not engaged.”

According to the file, this issue increased the risk of a crash.

The affected vehicles, produced from January 9, 2019, through October 19, 2023, make up a small fraction of about 1 % of all 2020-2024 Kia Telluride SUVs manufactured during the same period, the document revealed.

Furthermore, Kia identified the vehicles by examining the production records of the vehicles and suppliers. The supplier was identified as MOBIS Alabama, LLC, based in West Point, Georgia.

Kia, in a proactive move, will inform owners of the affected vehicles by first-class mail, directing them to a Kia dealer. The dealers will install updated Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) software to prevent vehicle movement while parked and replace any damaged intermediate shafts if found.

The document stated, “To prevent any unintended vehicle movement prior to the completion of this recall, Kia advises vehicle owners to move the gear shifter in the ‘P’ (Park) position and always manually engage the EPB prior to exiting the vehicle.”

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