Kia Motors America is recalling almost 2,000 vehicles with misaimed headlights.
The Hyundai-owned, Irvine, Califonia-based company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Oct. 31, 2018 they will recall 1,754 2019 Kia Forte vehicles built between July 24 and Sept. 17, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain LED headlamps lacking proper low beam aiming. The vehicle’s low beams veer leftward, throwing the headlamps out of compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards.
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Kia’s recall chronology states a quality check at Kia Motors’ Mexico plant found a single LED headlamp veering leftward. Headlamp supplier Mobis Mexico conducted an internal evaluation from July 28 to Aug. 15, 2018, finding the master headlamp used on the production line for aiming purposes was not accurately adjusted.
Kia Motors Mexico monitored for complaints but received none from their customer base. Kia Motors America inspected their port stock vehicles and found headlamp aiming issues. Following further investigation, Kia decided to conduct a recall on Oct. 24, 2018.
Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the headlight aiming and replace the headlights, as necessary, for free. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 30, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC171. Concerned Kia owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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