As to whether it’s OK to continue driving one of the affected vehicles, Kia spokesperson James Bell told Reuters that if the company does not have a remedy by July 27 or if any customer feels unsafe in their vehicle, the company “will provide a rental car until the repair has been completed.”
The airbag system at the center of the recall is manufactured by German firm ZF Friedrichshafen, which is cooperating and supporting the NHTSA’s investigation.
The last few years have seen multiple recalls by numerous automakers around the world. In March, Ford recalled 1.3 million vehicles because of a fault with the steering wheel, while in February, Toyota recalled 65,000 vehicles over “improperly fastened bolts” and another issue affecting cars’ Vehicle Stability Control System.
BMW, too, recalled nearly 12,000 vehicles after discovering it had installed the wrong software, while a relatively new player in auto manufacturing, Tesla, has also had to issue several recall notices.
Kia’s airbag problem is separate to the more famous Takata scandal, whose faulty airbags led to the biggest recall in history, affecting more than 50 million vehicles from 12 automakers. Takata filed for bankruptcy in 2017.