If the steering column separates, it can cause a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2018 Kia Sorento vehicles. The cowl crossbar that connects to the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) steering column may be improperly welded, allowing the steering column to separate.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cowl crossbar, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC167.
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.safercar.gov.
2018 MY Sorento Steering Column Assembly Chronology
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)
October 5, 2018