Kia recalls four EV9s in U.S. for unsecured seatbelt

The all-electric Kia EV9 named 2024 World Car of the Year.

Despite praise, the Kia EV9 has faced some issues.

Recent recall of a small number of EV9s in the united states.

Recall due to improperly secured retractor cover on front passenger seatbelt assembly.

Issue affects automatic locking and emergency locking retractors.

Retractors may not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Affected 2024 EV9 models may produce a grinding noise when using the seatbelt.

Malfunctioning seatbelt poses a risk of injury in a crash.

Recall limited to four EV9s delivered in the U.S., manufactured on October 17, 2023.

Kia identified the issue on February 23 after a dealer reported a grinding noise in the seatbelt.

No incidents reported, but specific affected vehicles identified. Kia alerted U.S. dealers to the recall on May 17.

Owners will be notified via first-class mail starting June 5.

Affected owners instructed to visit local Kia dealership for a seatbelt assembly replacement.

Previous recall in April for differential gear bolts in the Gear Drive Unit (GDU) not properly torqued.

Affected Kia EV9 owners should contact their local dealership for repairs.

Affected Kia EV9 owners should contact their local dealership for repairs. Safety is a priority for Kia.