Kia And Hyundai To Recall Over 600,000 Vehicles Due To Trunk Latch Issue

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Keep in mind:

  • Trunk latches are made out of metal, and like any metallic parts that encounter weight and friction during their use, these parts are designed to wear out over time and become misaligned.

  • On cars with power trunks and hatches, these intricate components become even more complicated. The components and sensors that help guide them must all work in concert, and this includes ensuring that the new latch mechanism works with your key fob.

Other Kia vehicle recalls

Among previous Kia Forte recalls, one that covers potential issues with the oil pump that may cause engine damage is the most recent. 

There are no other Kia Rio recalls associated with the 2018 or 2019 model years.

As reported, thousands of Kia and Hyundai cars – including 2012-2015 Kia Forte sedans – have been subject to ongoing recalls due to fire risk.

What are the common symptoms indicating you may need to to adjust the trunk latch?

  • If you find that one part of your trunk seems slightly high than the other, your latch may need to be adjusted.

  • On older vehicles, you may also find that the trunk has difficulty closing. This is especially the case for any car owner that drives a convertible year round. The specifications for top storage and power operation on a modern day convertible are within mere millimeters, and the constant use of the trunk latch on these vehicles often leads to wear issues.

  • The trunk latch can also become misaligned through the constant interference of an object. If you have ever overpacked your trunk and had trouble closing it, it’s because something is interfering with the operation of your latches. This part can easily can be misaligned or even broken off if this pressure on the latches is ignored.

Vehicle Fitment

Vehicle Fitment
Year Make Model Body & Trim Engine & Transmission
2020 Kia Forte EX, FE, GT, GT-Line, LXS 1.6L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
2019 Kia Forte EX, FE, LX, LXS, S 2.0L L4 – Gas
2018 Kia Forte EX, LX, S 2.0L L4 – Gas
2017 Kia Forte EX, LX, S 2.0L L4 – Gas
2016 Kia Forte EX, LX 1.8L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
2016 Kia Forte Koup EX, SX 1.6L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
2015 Kia Forte EX, LX 1.8L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
2015 Kia Forte Koup EX, SX 1.6L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
2014 Kia Forte EX, LX 1.8L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
2014 Kia Forte Koup EX, SX 1.6L L4 – Gas, 2.0L L4 – Gas
(105 more fitments)

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