Kia Recalls 20,000 Canadian Vehicles Over Trunk Latch Concerns


Automobile giant Kia has announced a recall of nearly 20,000 vehicles scattered across Canada, citing concerns with trunk latches as the primary reason. This follows a preceding recall involving approximately 320,000 cars in the United States, stemming from the same concern. The aim of the recall is to rectify a possible defect that hinders the trunk from being opened from within the vehicle.

The spectrum of the recall in Canada covers 7,207 Kia Rio sedans from model years 2016 and 2017, 12,110 Optima sedans spanning 2016 to 2018, and 599 units of the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid vehicles, as stated by a Kia Canada representative via email communication.

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According to the announcement shared by Kia Canada, the owners of the affected vehicles are set to receive notifications through email, elucidating the situation. The impending notifications will encompass instructions guiding the vehicle owners to their closest Kia dealership. Upon arriving at the dealership, the trunk latch base subassembly would be substituted with a newer and presumably safer version. This forms the cornerstone of Kia’s strategy to address the situation promptly and efficiently.