2024 Kia EV9 Recalled For Headliner Problem

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2024 Kia EV9

The Kia EV9 arrived with a splash with its striking design, three rows of seats, and 304 miles of maximum range. Unfortunately, the all-electric midsize SUV has been involved in multiple recalls in the past few months. The latest recall is due to an issue with the SUV’s headliner and affects 2,401 units.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Kia’s recall for the EV9 is due to a headliner that may not adequately protect passengers in an accident. The headliner may not absorb the necessary impact force required to protect occupants' heads if the EV9 is involved in a crash. A lot of car owners may not think about their vehicles’ headliners, but it’s part of federal safety requirements. The headliners in affected EV9 SUVs do not meet federal safety requirements.

Kia became aware of the issue with the EV9’s headliner in May while the electric SUV was going through pre-production testing. The affected EV9 SUVs were built at Kia’s Gwangmyeong Autoland plant in Korea between September 25, 2023, to March 21, 2024. The automaker is not aware of any injuries, crashes, or fatalities that have been caused by the EV9’s faulty headliner.

2024 Kia EV9 Interior

Dealerships became aware of the recall for the EV9 on June 10 and affected EV9 owners should be alerted starting on July 31, 2024. Dealers will remove the impact-absorbing plates that are mounted on the headliner and replace them with upgraded components. Kia will fit EV9 SUVs built after June 11 with upgraded impact-absorbing plates from the factory.

As we alluded to earlier, the Kia EV9 has been involved in a few recalls in the past two months. The first recall came on April 22 and was due to differential gear bolts that were not properly torqued during the manufacturing process. The recall affected a total of eight vehicles across the EV9 and Kia Niro EV models.

The second recall for the EV9 was due to an unsecured front passenger seatbelt. Kia alerted dealers to this recall on May 17, 2024, and was due to the retractor cover for the front passenger seatbelt assembly being secured incorrectly on four EV9s.

Pictured: 2024 Kia EV9

Source: Electrek

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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