Florida residents rely on their vehicles to be in good working order and expect them to be safe. When a manufacturer releases vehicles for sale that have defective parts, those vehicles could become involved in serious or deadly accidents. Numerous recalls have been issued by automakers of late, and Kia is now joining them.
Kia recently announced the recall of approximately 419,000 Sorentos manufactured between 2011 and 2013, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall is to correct a safety violation in which a Sorento’s transmission can slip out of park and roll away if the driver’s foot is not on the brake. So far, three injuries have occurred because of this defect.
The company says that if the gear shift lever is “pushed too hard,” a crack can develop in part of the shift mechanism. Kia began looking into the issue after the attorney of a family who was injured due to this defect informed the company of the problem. Around 54 other warranty claims were discovered for the same issue. The company will not begin sending out recall notices to owners until Nov. 24.
During that time, the potential for serious injury as a result of the defective part or parts remains — especially if no one is behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time. Depending on how far the vehicle travels, it could pick up enough speed to cause significant damage. Anyone seriously injured — or the family of someone who is killed — by one of these defective vehicles retains the right to file a product liability claim against the automaker. If it is proved that the defective part was the cause of the accident, a Florida court may award damages.
Source: ABC News, “Kia Recalls Over 419,000 SUVs to Fix Shift Lever Problem“, Oct. 15, 2015