Kia launches recall of several models because air bags may not work

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Kia is calling in over half a million of its vehicles in the United States for an electrical issue that could disable some of its most critical safety features.

Another major automaker is recalling vehicles due to air bag issues. The crash of the 2013 Forte occurred in Canada.

If you're the owner of a 2010-2013 Kia Forte, 2011-2013 Kia Optima, 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivan, you need to pay attention to this.

Kia says in government documents that a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer.

A safety advocate questions the delay between the Hyundai and Kia recalls. Hyundai has said it will notify owners through mid-June.

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The safety agency also said that electrical overstress appeared to be the root cause in a 2016 recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of 1.4 million USA vehicles for air bag non-deployments in significant frontal crashes.

Hyundai's recall includes about 580,000 Sonata sedans from 2011 to 2013 and Sonata Hybrids from 2011 to 2012.

The agency is investigating both Kia and its affiliate Hyundai Motor Corp after the airbag flaw may have led to the death to 10 crashes involving two of the automakers' vehicles.

In a statement Friday, ZF-TRW said the air bag control units sent to Kia were designed and built according to Kia specifications. Kia says there are no injuries or fatalities associated with this issue.

In May of past year, NHTSA opened an investigation into whether Hyundai and Kia moved quickly enough to recall more than 1.6 million cars and SUVs because the engines can stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

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