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2016KiaSorento receivesNHTSA
5-star safety rating
27 April 2015 | OEM
Kia Motors America’s (KMA) all-new 2016
Sorento CUV has received the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
(NHTSA) 5-star overall safety rating.
Built in the US at Kia Motors Manufacturing
Georgia (KMMG), Sorento is KMA’s best-
selling CUV, having sold more than 100,000
units each of the past five years, and offers
a long list of standard safety features and an
expertly engineered body structure.
“NHTSA’s recent 5-star rating of the 2016
Sorento is a testament to Kia’s commitment
to safety. The Sorento is all-new for 2016
and is Kia’s most capable CUV ever, yet
still offers customers the tremendous value
Kia is known for,” said Orth Hedrick, Vice
President, Product Planning. “Meant for
customers with active lifestyles, Sorento is
the perfect getaway vehicle for adventurers
and families on the go, and they can feel
confident knowing their vehicle scored a
5-star NHTSA rating – the highest rating
achievable from NHTSA.”
The core of the all-new 2016 Sorento
is its significantly enhanced platform. The
structure increases torsional rigidity by
14% over the 2015 Sorento. The unit-body
consists of 53% Advanced High Strength
Steel, a 115% increase over the previous
model. Liberal application of industrial
strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip
joints as well as large diameter and laser
welding techniques combine to make the
2016 model the most robust and durable
Sorento ever.
Ford issues fresh recall for door latch
issue inFiesta, FusionandLincoln
27 April 2015 | OEM
Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety
recall for approximately 390,000 2012-2014
Ford Fiesta and 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and
Lincoln MKZ vehicles for a door latch issue.
The door latch in these vehicles may
experience a broken pawl spring tab, which
typically results in a condition where the
door will not latch. If a customer is then able
to latch the door, there is potential the door
may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk
of injury.
Ford is aware of two allegations of
soreness resulting from an unlatched
door bouncing back when the customer
attempted to close it, and one accident
allegation when an unlatched door swung
open and struck an adjacent vehicle as the
driver was pulling into a parking space.
Affected vehicles include certain 2012-
2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles built at Cuautitlán
Assembly Plant, Feb. 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013;
certain 2013-2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built
at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 1, 2012 to
May 31, 2013; and certain 2013-2014 Lincoln
MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly
Plant, July 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.
There are approximately 390,000
vehicles in North America (actual 389,585),
including 336,873 in the United States and
federalized territories, 30,198 in Canada and
22,514 in Mexico.
Dealers will replace all four door latches
at no cost to the customer.
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