SC259 Front Left Steering Knuckle – 2023 Kia Forte

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December 8, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V906000

Loss of Steering Control from Cracked Knuckle

A loss of steering control increases the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V906

Manufacturer Kia America, Inc.

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 939

 

Summary

Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2023 Forte vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the front left steering knuckle may crack, which can result in a loss of steering control.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect and replace the front left steering knuckle, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed January 12, 2023. Owner may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC259.

 

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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SC259
December 2022

 

FRONT LEFT STEERING KNUCKLE INSPECTION/REPLACEMENT (SC259)

This bulletin provides information to inspect and, if necessary, replace the front left steering knuckle on certain 2023MY Forte (BDm) vehicles produced from October 21, 2022 through November 7, 2022. The front left steering knuckle in the subject vehicles may have been cast improperly during production at the supplier. An improperly cast knuckle can fracture and may result in the loss of steering control. Loss of steering control increases the risk of a crash. Follow the procedure outlined in this publication to inspect the front left steering knuckle and, if necessary, replace it with a new one. Before conducting the procedure, verify that the vehicle is included in the list of affected VINs.

NOTICE

There is no charge to the vehicle owner for this repair. Under applicable law, you may not sell or otherwise deliver any affected vehicle until it has been repaired pursuant to the procedures set forth in this bulletin.

 

Inspection Procedure:

1. Raise the vehicle on a lift so that the tires are not touching the ground.

2. Open the driver door and turn the steering wheel counterclockwise (left).

Note: Raise vehicle high enough to view the inside of the wheel area.

3. Inspect the left front knuckle (A) casting lot number to confirm the following condition:

  • The casting lot number IS NOT 2E13 (OK). No further action is required.
  • The casting lot number IS 2E13 (NG).
    Proceeed to the “Replacement Procedure’ below.

 

Replacement Procedure:

1. Replace the front left knuckle assembly (A) by referring to “Driveshaft and Axle → Front Axle Assembly → Repair procedures” in the applicable Shop Manual on KGIS.

Note: Drive Lock Hub Nut must be replaced.

2. Perform wheel alignment. (Before and After alignment printout is required for claim).

3. Confirm normal vehicle steering operation.

 

AFFECTED VEHICLE RANGE:

Model Production Date Range
Forte (BDm) October 21, 2022 to November 7, 2022

 

REQUIRED TOOL:

Tool Name Comments
Knuckle Remover SST 09568 34000
Driveshaft Remover SST 09517 4E000

 

REQUIRED PART:

Part Name Part Number Qty.
Knuckle (LH) 51715 F2000 1
Drive Lock Hub Nut 49551 3X000 1

 

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2023 MY FORTE VEHICLES
FRONT LEFT STEERING KNUCKLE – SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN (SC259)
Q & A
December 12, 2022

Q1. What type of campaign is Kia conducting?

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 front left steering knuckle.

 

Q2. What vehicles are affected by the recall?

Certain 2023 MY Forte vehicles manufactured from October 21, 2022 to November 7, 2022 at a Kia plant in Mexico.

 

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

Approximately 939 vehicles.

 

Q4. What is the concern with the front left steering knuckle?

Due to a manufacturing issue at the supplier, the front left steering knuckle in the subject vehicles may have been cast improperly.  An improperly cast knuckle can fracture and may result in the loss of steering control.  Loss of steering control increases the risk of a crash.

 

Q5. Can you describe the recall campaign and fix?

Dealers will inspect the production lot number on the front left steering knuckle.  If the knuckle is identified as being part of the affected production lot, the knuckle will be replaced with a new one.

 

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

Kia will send a letter notifying owners of the affected vehicles by first class mail beginning on January 12, 2023.

 

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

Upon receipt of the letter, owners are to contact their authorized Kia dealer to arrange to have the recall performed on their vehicle.

 

Q8. Where were these vehicles produced?

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

 

Q9. Will this cost vehicle owners any money?

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

 

Q10. What about customers who may have already paid to have this situation corrected?

If the customer has incurred expense to remedy this issue prior to the date of this notice, the customer may have the opportunity to obtain reimbursement for that expense.  Customers may submit their receipts online to Kia via the Owners section (Contact Kia) of www.kia.com OR mail their documentation with the completed Request for Reimbursement Form included with this letter directly to Kia for review and consideration at the following address:

Kia Customer Care Center
Kia America, Inc.
P.O. Box 52410
Irvine, CA  92619-2410
1-800-333-4542

 

Q11. Are there any restrictions on an owner’s eligibility?

No.

 

Q12. If a customer has an immediate question, where can they get further information?

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 Kia Forte
Front Left Steering Knuckle
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)

October 27, 2022
Kia Mexico discovers front left steering knuckle for a 2023MY Kia Forte broke during vehicle assembly at its plant.

October 27-November 18, 2022
Kia Mexico works with supplier to investigate root cause of knuckle crack. Investigation reveals manufacturing procedures not followed by worker at supplier during knuckle casting process. Issue isolated to a specific lot of front left steering knuckle manufactured on May 13, 2022.

November 18, 2022
Kia Mexico informs Kia North America (Kia NA) Safety Office of potential crack on front left steering knuckle due to improper manufacturing process.

November 21-30, 2022
Kia NA Safety Office performs field data analysis and finds no customer complaints or warranty claims for loss of steering due to knuckle crack or fracture.

November 30-December 1, 2022
Kia NA Safety Office works with Kia Mexico to confirm vehicle scope.

December 1, 2022
Kia NA decides to recall certain 2023MY Kia Forte vehicles. No fatalities, injuries, crashes or fires.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
KIA FORTE 2023

 


10 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V906-5892.PDF 213.812KB

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2023MY Forte Front Left Steering Knuckle Chronology

RMISC-22V906-2746.pdf 23.363KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V906-8806.pdf 645.144KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V906-3306.pdf 246.213KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V906-0848.pdf 105.628KB

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2023 MY FORTE VEHICLES FRONT LEFT STEERING KNUCKLE – SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN (SC259) Q & A December 12, 2022

RMISC-22V906-2884.pdf 110.214KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V906-5767.pdf 81.297KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V906-2028.pdf 237.056KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22V906-4882.PDF 211.139KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2023-2

RCLQRT-22V906-5201.PDF 211.235KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V906&docType=RCL

 


 

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