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Hyundai, Kia Issue Recalls for Three SUVs

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Hyundai and Kia are recalling a collective 210,000 SUVs over airbag-related issues.

The first recall is for the Kia Sorento SUV.

The Sorento is equipped with a sensor in the front passenger seat that measures the weight of the passenger sitting in it. Airbag systems are designed for adult passengers only and have been known to injure children. The sensor is there to measure the weight of the passengers and disable the airbag for people outside of the required weight.

The problem is that the seat sensor on some 2007 - 2008 Sorentos have started to disable the airbag even when it shouldn't, denying some people the protection of the airbag.

When the airbag is turned off, a light comes on in the car's interior that warns of the disabled safety feature. If you notice that the airbag is off when an adult passenger is in the car, you may want to consider asking your passenger to sit in the back seat.

Kia is able to fix the problem right away with a reprogramming of the Sorento's system. Concerned owners should contact the nearest Kia dealer and schedule an appointment for the necessary repairs.

Over 10,000 vehicles will be affected by this recall.

The second recall is for Hyundai's Santa Fe and Veracruz SUVs.

The problem here is in the electrical system of the driver's side airbag. One of the components that connects the airbag through the steering wheel can degrade over time.

With the connection degraded, there is a chance that the airbag might not deploy during an accident.

The recall affects over 200,000 2007 - 2008 Santa Fe and Veracruz SUVs. Owners of these vehicles should call Hyundai's Customer Connect Center (1-800-237-9153) to set up an appointment for the necessary repairs.

Both the Hyundai and Kia recall repairs can be set up right away and will be done free of charge.

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