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Airbag glitch forces Kia to recall over 500,000 vehicles in the US

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating why the airbags in six crashes did not deploy during the crash. The collisions left four people dead and six injured. Kia and Hyundai,  both companies stated that an electronic glitch could be the reason that the airbags may not have deployed during the crash.

On Friday, the automaker has issued a recall for 507,000 in the United States and says it does not have a fix for the issue but is working with its supplier on the issue.

In total Kia Motors Corp and its affiliate, Hyundai Motor Corp have recalled over 1.1 million cars in the US regarding this issues. The Korean automakers recall includes the Forte model, Optima hybrid model 2011 to 2012, Optima model 2011 to 2013 and Sedona vehicle.

The frontal airbags and seatbelts pre-tensioners which hold the occupants in place during the collision did not work. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the airbag module is under investigation which was built by a German auto supplier. Kia spokesperson James Bell said the company will provide their customers with a rental car if they do not get a fix by July 27th, 2018.