Kia Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Recalled for Seat Belt Issue

The seat belt pretensioner could explode and injure occupants during a crash

2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid in the woods Photo: Kia

Kia is recalling the 2021 and 2021 Sorento Hybrid SUV and the 2022 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid because their front seat belt pretensioners may explode and cause injuries during a crash. Almost 17,200 vehicles are included in the recall.

A seat belt pretensioner is an important safety device that uses a controlled explosive charge to tighten the belt at the onset of a crash in order to prevent injury. However, on these recalled vehicles, the seat belt pretensioners could explode in a way that sends metal fragments toward the vehicle’s occupants.

To fix the problem, Kia dealerships will install a protective cap on the faulty pretensioners, free of charge. A small number of these vehicles have already been recalled for a similar issue but will still need this recall fix.

In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia says that it is not aware of any injuries related to this recall but that it is issuing the recall because these Sorentos use the same seat belt pretensioner as previously recalled Hyundai Elantra sedans. Three people have been injured in crashes involving Hyundai Elantras with exploding pretensioners. Hyundai and Kia are run as separate business units, but they share a corporate parent, and in many cases their cars share parts.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled 
• Kia Sorento Hybrid SUVs manufactured between Sept. 2, 2020, and May 18, 2022.
• Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid SUVs manufactured between June 29, 2021, and May 16, 2022.

The problem: The seat belt pretensioners were overpressurized, and as a result may explode in a way that injures occupants during a crash.

The fix: Kia dealerships will add a cap to both front seat belt pretensioners that will prevent them from deploying in a way that could injure occupants.

How to contact the manufacturer: Kia will notify owners by mail starting Aug. 19, 2022. Owners may also contact Kia at 800-333-4542.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V447. Kia’s own number for this recall is SC241.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.