Kia EV9 Electric SUV recalled in the US; Here’s why

Kia America informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week that it will recall certain 2024 EV9 models.

The South Korean carmaker has said that 2,401 EV9 cars will be recalled owing to potentially insufficient headliner protection in the case of an accident. There have been no reported cases of accidents yet, and hence no fatalities or injuries are due to the poor headliners. Sales of Kia’s first three-row electric SUV, the EV9, kicked off quickly when it launched in the US late last year.

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Kia sold 7,766 EV9 cars in the US alone in the first five months of 2024. There have been 2,187 EV9s sold in May overall. For certain of these vehicles, Kia had told the NHTSA that the headliners—the material that covers a vehicle’s roof from within the cabin—did not have enough impact-absorbing plates, which might possibly fail during a crash. Kia apparently found the issue during pre-production testing at the Gwangmyeong Autoland facility in South Korea, just before production started at the end of May.

Some EV9 models produced in 2023 and 2024, according to Kia, did not meet the federal safety requirements. These models are now being recalled; they were manufactured between September 25, 2023, and March 21, 2024. The models manufactured from March 22 to 28 of this year were not sold but held by the brand. Kia stated that cars made after June 11 will come with upgraded headliners and the carmaker will replace the impact-absorbing plates for free.