Kia has issued a recall that applies to nearly 23,000 units of the Borrego, a big SUV with body-on-frame construction. The vehicles included in the campaign are fitted with headliner plates that can come loose during an accident if the impact is strong enough to deploy the airbags.
Assigned recall number 23V-692 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the campaign includes 22,768 units of the Borrego built between the 2009 and 2014 model years. Kia estimates that the defect is present in about 1% of the recalled
Kia notes that “insufficient adhesive may have been applied to secure the headliner plate to the headliner” during the manufacturing process. As a result, the headliner plate(s) can come loose if the side curtain airbags deploy, which increases the risk of an injury to the occupants. Kia states that it’s not aware of injuries or deaths linked to the problem, however, but it has received one customer complaint.
Owners of affected SUVs will need to visit an authorized Kia dealer
Kia recalled 2012 and 2013 Optima models to fix a similar issue in August 2022 after getting sued by a driver who was injured in a crash. The campaign included every Optima built in the brand’s Georgia plant during those two models years, which amounted to 257,998 units.