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Wisconsin included in recall of 80,000 Kia vans

Wisconsin is one of the states targeted in a recent announcement by automaker Kia stating that the company would be recalling almost 80,000 of its Sedona minivans. The vehicles from model years 2006 to 2012 are at risk of possible steering failure that could lead to a car accident, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem is in the potential for the minivan's front control arms to rust and break, which would result in a loss of control for the driver.

Some owners of the Sedona models had previously reported that they had lost steering ability upon failure of the vehicle's control arm, and several filed complaints with the NHTSA. One driver told the agency that the vehicle rapidly become unsteerable, and had it happened while being driven on the highway, it could have turned out very badly. The automaker stated that it was unaware of any wrecks or injuries from the problem.

Covered by the recall are vehicles originally sold in Wisconsin and 19 other states, plus the District of Columbia. Kia has implemented what is known as a geographic recall, which happens when only the vehicles in certain states are targeted. These states are the ones thought by the company to provide the most likely conditions for the problem to occur. While some consumer advocates criticize the practice, both car companies and the NHTSA say that it is an effective and efficient way to focus recall efforts.

A severe auto accident can occur due to mechanical malfunction of a vehicle on the road. Individuals who have suffered serious injury due to a car collision may be eligible to seek financial compensation through the U.S. justice system.

Source: NY Times, "Kia, Toyota and Porsche Issue Recalls", Christopher Jensen, November 22, 2013

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