Kia India Recalls Carens MPV Over a Defective Airbag Control Unit

A total of 44,174 Kia Carens MPVs have been recalled due to a potential fault in the airbag control unit; the issue will be resolved with a free software update.

Recalls are an everyday occurrence in the automotive industry. These are generally performed to correct manufacturing flaws that can lead to improper operation of any specific component in the vehicle. Kia has issued a recall for its Carens MPV due to a possible fault in the ACU (Airbag Control Unit).

Kia has recalled a total of 44,174 units of the Carens MPV. The faulty airbag control unit is the reason for this recall (ACU). According to the Korean automaker, the problem will most likely be resolved through a free software update. If the problem persists, the manufacturer may decide to replace the entire unit. The owners of the vehicles involved in this recall will be notified personally. Customers can then schedule an appointment at their leisure, and the problem will be thoroughly investigated and resolved.

“Kia India is undertaking this voluntary recall campaign to inspect any potential error in Airbag Control Module (ACU) software in the Kia Carens,” the brand said in a statement. Throughout the campaign, the company will take every precaution to ensure that customers are not inconvenienced.”

Kia Carens
Kia Carens

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The ACU is a critical part of the airbag mechanism. The unit acts as the airbag system’s brain, receiving input from crash sensors, assessing the situation, and triggering the deployment of airbags at the appropriate time. A fault in the ACU poses a safety risk to customers, which is why this mass recall is being conducted.

This is not the first time a vehicle has been recalled due to a potential airbag issue. Previously, Maruti Suzuki recalled 166 Dzire Tour S vehicles due to an airbag control unit (ACU) flaw and promised to replace them at no cost.

Kia Carens is priced in India between Rs. 9.60 lakh and Rs. 17.70 lakh (ex-showroom). The MPV is available with three engine options: a 1.5-litre NA Petrol, a 1.5-litre CRDi diesel, and a 1.4-litre tGDi petrol. The power and torque outputs of these engines are 115 bhp/144Nm, 115 bhp/250 Nm, and 138 bhp/242 Nm, respectively. There are three transmission options: a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque converter, and a 7-speed DCT.

The long list of standard safety features is one of the Carens’ main selling points. 6 airbags, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ABS, Brake Assist, all four disc brakes, rear parking sensors, and Highline TPMS are among them (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System).

The Carens compete in the segment with the Maruti Suzuki XL6 and Ertiga, the Hyundai Alcazar, the Mahindra Marazzo, and other seven-seater SUVs/MPVs.

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