Kia Carens Recalled In India: All Units Sold Till Date Affected
The only car in its class with six airbags as standard equipment on all trim levels is the Kia Carens.
Carens is referred to as a “Recreational Vehicle” and a “Car Renaissance” by Kia. Carens are not even close to becoming an RV. But what it is is an excellent MPV. The Kia Carens is an MPV with an SUV-inspired design that has good proportions and a perfect aesthetic.
Carens seems to be contemporary but traditional, having been influenced by international Kia automobiles like the K5. Also, the bundle is strong. Carens is a mechanically sound product as well, sharing powertrains with its sister business Hyundai. Many people complimented Kia for including 6 airbags as standard equipment in all of its Carens models. It also earned a 3-star rating for crash protection.
October 20, 2022, Kia Carens Recall
A voluntary Carens MPV recall campaign was launched by Kia India. The goal of this effort is to find any issues with the airbag control module software in Carens. Carens has been recalled along with over 44,000 other products. Accordingly, this recall affects every Caren unit that has been sold so far. Customers of the impacted cars should contact their local Kia authorized service shop to make an appointment.
The Korean manufacturer added that this voluntary recall operation was started to look for any potential software errors in the airbag control module. Additionally, Kia has vowed to make every effort to minimize any inconveniences encountered during the procedure. The official website of Kia India as well as their in-house smartphone app may be used to find out more information.
The vehicle will continue to run as-is and may be driven to the repair facility as it was before the recall was announced. This big recall effort affects approximately 44k units, which is the entire batch of Carens sold to date. But avoidance is preferable to litigation. Hyundai, a sibling company of Kia, was fined Rs. 1.25 lakh for problems with airbags.
Specs & Features
For the Kia Carens, there are 5 trim levels to choose from: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury, and Luxury Plus. Several of these variations also provide a 6-seater option. Starting at Rs 8.99 lakh, the Kia Carens will be released in February 2022. Nevertheless, prices range from Rs. 9.59 lakh to Rs. 17.69 lakh (all prices ex-sh). When it is introduced in India, it will compete with the Hyundai Stargazer as well as MPVs like the Ertiga and XL6.
Imperial Blue, Moss Brown, Sparkling Silver, Intense Red, Aurora Black Pearl, Gravity Grey, Glacier White Pearl, and Clear White are the available colour options for the Carens. A 1.5L normally aspirated gasoline engine with 115 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque is one choice. Another is a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine with 140 horsepower and 242 Nm of torque. 115 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque are available with a 1.5L diesel engine. A 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT, and a 7-speed DCT are available as transmission choices.
Over 44,000 Kia Carens have been recalled due to an airbag problem. Details
To identify and correct any software issues in the airbag control module, Kia India has recalled a total of 44,174 Carens MPVs. The concerned vehicles have been voluntarily recalled by the Korean automaker for examination and, if necessary, to provide a free software upgrade. The business explained that the purpose of the voluntary recall effort was to check for any potential errors in the Carens’ air bag control module software. Kia further stated that it will communicate with each owner of a concerned car to tell them of the voluntary recall effort.
Owners of the impacted cars will need to schedule an appointment by calling their neighbourhood Kia authorized service shop. Nevertheless, all models of the Kia Carens come standard with 6 airbags. The MPV also has all-wheel disc brakes, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, hill-assist control, vehicle stability management, downhill brake control, rear parking sensors, and a brake assist system.
The Carens are now available from Kia for as little as Rs 9.60 lakh up to Rs 17.70 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom). The MPV competes directly with vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki XL6, Ertiga, and Mahindra Marazzo, as well as with some of the Toyota Innova Crysta entry-level models.
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