WASHINGTON — Kia Motors America is recalling 219,800 2006-’14 Kia Sedona minivans for a hood latch problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.”
A Kia spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
The affected vehicles were built from June 15, 2005 through April 4, 2014.
Kia dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle’s geographic location and the condition of the latch. The recall is expected to begin on July 25. Owners can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.
Edmunds says: This recall does not begin for several weeks. Owners with an immediate concern should contact their dealer now.