Thankfully, a solution is on the way.
It hasn't taken long for the 2020 Kia Telluride to become one of the highest-ranked SUVs on the market. With handsome looks, a pleasing driving experience, plenty of space, and a $31,690 starting price, few SUVs (except the Telluride's corporate cousin, the Hyundai Palisade) can match it on value. In a recent crash test, the Telluride scored a Top Safety Pick rating from the IISH, falling just shy of the Top Safety Pick Plus rating because of its headlights.
This was the first chink we've seen in the Telluride's armor but now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall on the vehicle. The recall is for 30,168 vehicles and since Kia has only sold around that many Tellurides in 2019, it seems like nearly all of them will be affected.
The NHTSA issued a statement along with the recall: "Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2020 Telluride vehicles. The seat belt assemblies in the front passenger, second, and/or third-row seats may not tightly secure a child restraint system in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, 'Occupant Crash Protection.'"
Basically, seatbelts lock into place once they are secured with the car seat, so passengers can not pull them back out again, which is a necessary step when installing a child seat. So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported.
Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the vehicles, replacing any incorrect seat belt assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2019, so if you own a Telluride, be on the lookout for a notice. Once the recall is complete, the Telluride will go back to being one of the best SUVs on sale.
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