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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RECALL Subject : Secondary Hood Latch may Bind and not Latch

Report Receipt Date: JUN 01, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V389000
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 219,800

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Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
  • KIA SEDONA 2006-2014

Details

 
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
 
SUMMARY:
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Kia Sedona vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2005, through April 04, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
REMEDY:
Kia will notify owners and dealers will replace the secondary hood latch or clean and lubricate the latch, depending on the vehicle's location and the condition of the latch. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall number is SC134.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
 

RECALL Subject : Secondary Hood Latch may Disengage

Report Receipt Date: MAY 24, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V348000
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 81,000

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 Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
  • HYUNDAI TUCSON 2016

Details

Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor America
SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2016 Tucson vehicles manufactured May 19, 2015 to March 14, 2016. In the affected vehicles, if the primary hood latch has been released, and the vehicle is driven, the secondary hood latch may not hold adequately secure the hood to prevent it from opening while the vehicle is in motion.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the primary hood latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch cannot secure the hood, the hood may unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary hood latch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 145.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.