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

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September 22, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V649000

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: 23V649

Manufacturer Kia America, Inc.

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 3,866

 

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 September 27, 2023. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC283.

 

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 (SC283)
Q & A
September 22, 2023

 

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 June 7, 2023.

 

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

A3. Approximately 3,866 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 be instructed to 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 September 27, 2023.

 

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).

 


SC283
September 2023

FRONT RIGHT LOWER CONTROL ARM REPLACEMENT (SC283)

This bulletin provides information to replace the right front lower control arm (LCA) on certain 2023MY Forte (BDm) vehicles produced from April 12, 2023 through June 7, 2023. One of the joint connection points of the right (passenger side) front LCA to the vehicle’s crossmember in the subject vehicles 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. Follow the procedure outlined in this publication to replace the right front LCA with a new part on the applicable vehicle. Before conducting the procedure, verify that the vehicle is included in the list of affected VINs.

 

Repair Procedure:

1. Replace the right lower control arm with the new part by referring to “Suspension System → Front Suspension System → Front Lower Arm → Repair procedures” in the applicable Shop Manual on KGIS.

Note: Required SST 09568 1S100 listed on KGIS was ‘Superseded’ by 09568 34000

 

2. After replacement is completed, refer to “Suspension System → Front Suspension System → Front Alignment → Repair procedures” in the applicable Shop Manual on KGIS to adjust the toe angle.

CAUTION

Keep SST tied to the car because there is a risk of injury by dropping the SST during removal of the front lower control arm.

 

NOTICE

Be careful not to damage the hub bolts when removing the front wheel and tire.

When using SST, be sure not to damage the dust cover of lower arm ball joint.

The peripheral parts may be damaged when removing the lower arm ball joint with a general tool such as lever, so be sure to use SST.

 

AFFECTED VEHICLE RANGE:

Model Production Date Range
Forte (BDm) April 13, 2023 to June 7, 2023

 

REQUIRED TOOL:

Tool Name Part Number
Ball Joint Puller 09568 34000

 

REQUIRED PART:

Part Name Part Number Qty.
Lower Control Arm
(RHS)
54501 F2AA0QQK 1

 

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

August 18, 2023
Kia North America (Kia NA) Safety Office reviews warranty claim from dealer reporting right front lower control arm (LCA) broken at frame on a 2023MY Kia Forte (Vehicle #1). Kia America, Inc., requests additional information from dealer, including part for further evaluation.

August 28, 2023 –September 1, 2023
Kia NA receives Techline report identifying broken right front LCA on a 2023MY Forte (Vehicle #2). Kia NA Safety Office begins to review issue and informs Kia Corporation (Kia HQ) of potential issue.

September 7, 2023
Kia NA receives right front LCA for Vehicles #1 and #2. Due to damaged shipping container, only LCA bushing received for Vehicle #1. Complete right front LCA assembly received for Vehicle #2.

September 8, 2023
Kia NA Safety Office, Kia Mexico and supplier engineers examine received parts from Vehicles #1 and #2. Kia Mexico and supplier retain parts for further investigation.

September 11, 2023
Kia HQ works with Kia Mexico and provides preliminary information for the potential cause to Kia NA Safety Office.

September 14, 2023
Kia HQ provides Kia NA Safety Office with updated results of investigation with Kia Mexico and its supplier and identifies issue caused by improper welding. Kia HQ confirms issue is limited to certain weld lots of right front LCA.

September 15, 2023
Kia NA Safety Office’s data analysis confirms no additional incidents of LCA separation, other than the two (2) previously identified.

September 15, 2023
Kia NA decides to recall certain 2023MY Forte vehicles. No crashes, injuries or fatalities.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
KIA FORTE 2023

 


9 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report – 9/22/2023

RCLRPT-23V649-5117.PDF 213.663KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V649-3598.PDF 213.546KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V649-9363.pdf 645.246KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V649-9640.pdf 265.097KB

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Chronology

RMISC-23V649-5272.pdf 79.124KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Q & A September 22, 2023

RCMN-23V649-8314.pdf 109.806KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – September 22, 2023 Dealer Parts Service Manager

RCMN-23V649-1121.pdf 83.13KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – September 22, 2023

RCMN-23V649-6975.pdf 106.91KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-23V649-4791.pdf 236.139KB

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