Kia announced a recall of over 377,000 of its popular Sorento SUV because the transmission can be shifted out of park when the vehicle isn’t running and the driver’s foot isn’t on the brake. This can result in the SUV rolling away unexpectedly and causing a crash.
The recall covers Sorentos from the 2011 through 2013 model years. Kia announced the recall in conjunction with documents posted with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).
According to a report by NBC 4 – New York, Kia began investigating the trouble in August when it got a letter from a lawyer saying that a child moved a Sorento shift lever out of park and the SUV rolled in a parking lot. The child’s father stood in front of the SUV and was joined by his son. The son got between the Sorento and a stopped vehicle and suffered a broken leg, according to the documents.
The notice letter referenced in the NHTSA filings was sent by Phillips Garcia Law. Phillips Garcia Law is in the process of gathering information about any other incidents involving personal injuries or property damage caused by a defective Kia Sorento. Send emails to our attorneys if you have information pertaining to the defect.