SC306 – Right Front Lower Control Arm – 2023 Kia Forte

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April 1, 2024 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 24V244000

Front Lower Control Arm May Fail

Front lower control arm failure can cause a sudden loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 24V244

Manufacturer Kia America, Inc.

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 215

 

Summary

Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2023 Forte vehicles. The right front lower control arm may have been improperly welded, which can cause it to fail.

 

Remedy

Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the repair has been performed. Dealers will replace the right front lower control arm, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed April 17, 2024. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC306. This recall expands previous NHTSA recall number 23V-649.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 

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2023 MY FORTE VEHICLES – RIGHT FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM
SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN (SC306)
Q & A
April 12, 2024

Q1. What type of campaign is Kia conducting?

A1. Kia America, Inc., pursuant to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, is conducting a Safety Recall Campaign to address a condition involving the right front lower control arm.

 

Q2. What vehicles are affected by the recall?

A2. Certain 2023 MY Forte vehicles manufactured from April 12, 2023 through May 8, 2023.

 

Q3. How many customer vehicles are affected by this recall?

A3. Approximately 215 vehicles.

 

Q4. What is the concern with the Right Front Lower Control Arm?

A4. Due to a supplier manufacturing error, one of the joint connection points of the right front lower control arm (LCA) to the vehicle’s crossmember may have been improperly welded. Over time, an improperly welded joint can fatigue and break causing partial separation of the LCA from the vehicle’s crossmember. If partial separation occurs, the vehicle’s front toe angle may change, impacting the vehicle’s steering, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

 

Q5. Can you describe the recall campaign and fix?

A5. Kia dealers will replace the right front lower control arm with a new one.

 

Q6. How will owners of the affected vehicles be notified?

A6. All owners of the subject vehicles will be notified by first class mail with instructions to contact their authorized Kia dealer to have the recall campaign performed beginning on April 17, 2024.

 

Q7. What should vehicle owners do when they receive the notification?

A7. Upon receipt of the letter, owners are to contact their authorized Kia dealer to arrange to have the recall campaign performed on their vehicle free of charge at no cost to them. Customers are also instructed NOT to drive their vehicles, and have their vehicles towed to an authorized Kia Dealer to have this recall performed.

 

Q8. Where were these vehicles produced?

A8. The affected vehicles were produced at a Kia assembly plant in Mexico.

 

Q9. Will this cost vehicle owners any money?

A9. No. Kia will perform the recall repair free of charge at no cost to the customer.

 

Q10. Are there any restrictions on an owner’s eligibility?

A10. No.

 

Q11. If a customer has an immediate question, where can they get further information?

A11. The customer can contact their local authorized Kia dealership or call Kia’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-333-4KIA (4542), Monday through Friday, 5 AM to 6 PM Pacific Time, or via the internet at www.kia.com (Owner’s Section).

 


2023MY Forte
Right Front Lower Control Arm
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)

January 29, 2024
Kia America receives Techline case with report of broken right front lower control arm (LCA) at welds involving a 2023MY Kia Forte. Failure occurred after customer hit pothole.

January 31, 2024—March 15, 2024
Kia NA Safety Office works with dealer to collect part from subject 2023MY Forte. Upon receipt, Kia NA Safety Office ships subject LCA to Kia Mexico for further evaluation. Kia Mexico receives subject part on March 15, 2024.

March 22, 2024
Kia Mexico informs Kia NA Safety Office that supplier examined its production records and identifies other parts within the suspect lot which had not been included in recall 23V649 had been supplied to Kia Mexico for vehicle production. Kia Mexico checks vehicle production records and provides Kia NA Safety Office with VINs containing parts from the suspected lot.

March 25, 2024
Kia NA Safety Office data analysis confirms no additional incidents involving broken right front LCA other than the subject 2023MY Forte identified on January 29, 2024.

March 25, 2024
Kia NA decides to recall certain 2023MY Forte vehicles. No injuries, crashes, or fatalities.

 


SC283 – Front Lower Control Arm May Fail – 2023 Kia Forte

 

SC283 – Front Lower Control Arm May Fail – 2023 Kia Forte

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
KIA FORTE 2023

 


7 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-24V244-7603.PDF 213.893KB

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-24V244-1310.pdf 645.425KB

 


2023MY Forte Right Front Lower Control Arm Chronology

RMISC-24V244-2622.pdf 75.647KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-24V244-7967.pdf 69.25KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-24V244-9595.pdf 46.948KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-24V244-5357.pdf 64.979KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-24V244-8870.pdf 190.047KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most recent Recall Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=24V244&docType=RCL

 


 

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