Reduced braking performance can lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
The brake vacuum hose on the affected vehicles may kink, reducing braking performance.
Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.
In the event of a crash, an air bag that does not inflate fully increases the risk of injury.
If the trailer brake lights stay illuminated while being used, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Sorento vehicles manufactured October 27, 2014, to August 25, 2016, and 2017 Sportage vehicles manufactured December 10, 2015, to August 26, 2016.
The affected vehicles are equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness that, due to a malfunction of the tow hitch module, may result in the trailer brake lights being constantly illuminated.
As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, " Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."