Kia is issuing an auto defect recall for certain 2014 model Kia Sorento crossover SUVs for a front axle issue that may result in an axle fracture. According to a news report in The Washington Post, this is the same problem that led to the recall of 20,300 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossover SUVs.  A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) web site puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the Kia recall at 9,345. Affected vehicles are 2014 Kia Sorento crossover SUVs equipped with the 2.4-liter engine and front wheel drive.

Manufacturer Will Perform Free Repairs

Kia has reported that the right front axle driveshaft may develop a crack in the area of the stub at the wheel end of the shaft. Moving the vehicle from a stopped location could lead to a shaft separation resulting in a loud noise. If the driver fails to engage the parking brake when the vehicle is parked on an incline, a roll away could occur, which increases the risk of a crash. Kia said it had received one customer complaint and 10 warranty claims but has not identified any accidents or injuries related to the issue. When the recall begins, Kia will notify owners and dealers will replace the front axle shaft assembly at no charge to consumers.

Auto Product Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the vehicles included in this recall may roll away from a parked position as a result of these axle issues. Rollaway accidents can pose serious dangers to other vehicles and pedestrians on the roadway. These types of accidents could cause serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries and internal trauma.

In such cases, injured victims can file an auto product liability claim against the vehicle manufacturer. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. It would also be a good idea to preserve the vehicle in its current condition unaltered so an expert can analyze it for vehicle defects, malfunctions and other evidence.  Auto defect lawyer Brian Chase says a qualified attorney who deals in product liability issues will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.