The hood could inadvertently open while driving.

Kia and Hyundai will recall a total of 300,800 vehicles in two separate safety campaigns in the United States because of problems with their secondary hood latches. The largest of these covers 219,800 examples of the 2006-2014 Kia Sedona with manufacturing dates from June 15, 2005, to April 4, 2014. The smaller one affects 81,000 units of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson with a production period between May 19, 2015, and March 14, 2016.

For the Sedona, Kia says the secondary hood latch can corrode and not fasten properly. If the primary latch somehow opens while driving, then a broken backup system could allow the hood to fly open on the road. This would be extremely dangerous.

Kia dealers will replace the latches in vehicles sold or now registered in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Technicians will inspect the parts in other states, and they'll replace the components if necessary.

In the Tucson's case, Hyundai reports that if the primary hood latch releases while driving, the secondary unit "may not hold adequately secure the hood to prevent it from opening while the vehicle is in motion." Dealers will replace the secondary latch.

Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [1], [2]

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