Kia Sorento Recall Affects Hundreds of Thousands of Cars

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Kia is recalling hundreds of thousands of Sorentos in order to replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism.

According to the car company, excessive force applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack.

The recall affects certain vehicles model year 2011 to 2013.

"Kia is recalling certain 2011-2013 model year Sorento vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions to replace the brake shift interlock mechanism with a new one. If excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the park position catch in the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack. If this occurs, the shift lever can be moved out of “Park” without the brake pedal being depressed which can allow the vehicle to roll. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, 'Theft Prevention.'" Kia said on its website.

If your vehicle is affected, Kia says it'll notify you by mail beginning in late November.

So, what do you do until then?

"Never leave children unattended in a vehicle – not even for a short time. Before leaving the vehicle, always engage the parking brake firmly AND make sure the gear shift lever is securely positioned in 'P' (PARK)," says Kia.

The repair will not cost owners anything.