Kia Recalls 427,000 SUVs Due To Rollaway Risk

Joseph Adebayo

Recall Highlights

  • 427,000 Kia Telluride SUVs are being recalled because there is a risk of them rolling away unexpectedly.
  • The recall affects virtually all vehicles from the 2020 to 2024 model years.
  • The problem is with the driveshaft, which can lead to unintended vehicle movement while in Park if the parking brake is not engaged.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

Kia is recalling 427,407 Kia Telluride SUVs from the 2020 to 2024 model years due to a potential rollaway risk. Almost all vehicles across this model range are affected.The issue is with the driveshaft splines. In some instances, the splines on the right front driveshaft and the intermediate driveshaft might not engage properly over time, causing damaged splines. This could lead to unintended vehicle movement while in Park if the parking brake is not engaged.
Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. Credit: MotorTrend

Kia received complaints about the transmission not holding in Park or unintended vehicle movement, along with other issues related to the driveshafts. Drivers are advised to manually engage the parking brake while parking their vehicles. Kia believes that only 1% of the total recall population might be affected. The company will install updated Electronic Parking Brake software in two steps to prevent unintended vehicle movement while the gear shifter is in the ‘P’ (Park) position and the engine is turned off. Dealers will also inspect the driveshafts and bearing and bracket assembly and replace damaged components as needed.

TF Summary: What’s Next

Drivers affected by the recall will receive letters by May 15 with instructions on how to proceed. They can also contact Kia customer service for more information. Hyundai Palisade owners should be aware that the mechanically similar vehicle might also be affected.

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By Joseph Adebayo “TF UX”
Joseph Adebayo is the user experience maestro. With a degree in Graphic Design and certification in User Experience, he has worked as a UX designer in various tech firms. Joseph's expertise lies in evaluating products not just for their technical prowess but for their usability, design, and consumer appeal. He believes that technology should be accessible, intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing.
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