Kia is recalling nearly 80,000 Sedona minivans to fix a part of the suspension that can corrode over time and may break.
The recall affects 79,867 Sedona models from the 2006 to 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After prolonged exposure to road salt used to melt snow and ice, the front lower control arm of the suspension can corrode and possibly break, the agency said in a statement.
“A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash,” the NHTSA said. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem, said James Hope, a Kia spokesman.
The recall affects Sedona models sold or registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont and Wisconsin, as well as District of Columbia.
Kia said it will notify affected owners in December. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and either rustproof the relevant parts or replace them completely, with no cost to owners.