Kia recalls more than 377,000 SUVs for shifting gears unexpectedly
(KMSP) - Kia plans to recall more than 377,000 SUVs after discovering the transmission can shift out of park when the driver’s foot is not on the brake, causing the car to roll and potentially crash.
The problem occurs when excessive force is applied to the gear shift, causing a part in the shifter to crack. This allows the transmission to shift out of park without the driver pressing on the breaks, violating motor vehicle safety laws.
The defect has caused three injuries so far, according to the Associated Press.
The recall affects Kia Sorentos made between 2011 and 2013. Kia says they will notify owners and replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism for free, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall is slated to begin in November.
More information on the recall can be found here.