Kia Recalls 219K Minivans Because Hoods Shouldn’t Just Fly Up

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There’s nothing worse than driving down the road only to have the hood of your car all of a sudden fly up, obstructing your view. Okay, that likely doesn’t happen often, but for more than 219,000 owners of recently recalled Kia Sedona minivans it is certainly a possibility.

Kia issued the recall of 219,800 model year 2006 to 2014 Sedona minivans over an issue in which the hood latch may not work.

According to a notice [PDF] with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, corrosion of the secondary hood latch may result in binding and cause the latch to remain in the unlatched position when the hood of a vehicle is closed.

If, for some reason, the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood can unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Kia will notify owners and dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle’s location and the condition of the latch.

Replacements apply to Sedona’s located in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

The secondary latches in vehicles that were not originally sold or are not currently registered in one of the states above will be inspected and replaced if necessary. If a replacement is not warranted, the dealer will clean and lubricate the secondary latch.