Kia Telluride Recalls: A Guide
The Kia Telluride is only 3 years old, but it has already earned the nickname “Selluride.” This popular midsize three-row SUV has garnered praise from almost every major automotive critic and received few complaints. However, owners and buyers should know about the following Kia Telluride recalls.
There have been 4 recalls so far
The Kia Telluride debuted in 2019 for the 2020 model year and has remained a strong seller in its sophomore and junior years. But the NHTSA hasn’t given the golden child a pass, showing four recalls so far.
The 2020 model has had two recalls, the 2021 model has one, and the 2022 model has one. You shouldn’t ignore these recalls or try to fix them yourself. So, if you own one of these vehicles, it’s important to schedule an appointment with an authorized dealer for repairs. And if you plan to purchase a used Telluride, check that the issues have been resolved.
Details about the Kia Telluride recalls
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook that letter in the mail notifying you of a recall on your vehicle. But the recalls on the Kia Telluride are serious enough that you shouldn’t ignore them, and here’s why.
For the 2020 Telluride, the first recall involved the front seat belts. According to the NHTSA, the incorrect seat belt assembly parts were installed. For any child seat placed in the front passenger seat, second row, or third row, there is a risk the seat belt might not secure correctly. That means there’s a risk that your child could be thrown from the vehicle.
The second recall on the 2020 model doesn’t affect every model, but it’s still important to address. Brake lights on an attached trailer might not illuminate, which could lead to another motorist rear-ending your Telluride. This issue pertains mainly to models with Smart Cruise Control.
Also, Kia recalled the 2021 Telluride for a problem with the occupant detection system. In a crash, the airbag could deploy, even with a child sitting in the front passenger seat. That could lead to severe injuries to the child.
Finally, the 2022 Kia Telluride has one recall so far. The LCD doesn’t always light up, and crucial information from the speedometer and odometer might not appear.
The 2022 Kia Telluride still wows critics
The 2022 Kia Telluride still boasts many family-friendly features, such as three-row seating, a massive cargo area, and an affordable price. The V6 engine is powerful enough, and 21 mpg isn’t terrible for such a large vehicle.
In addition, features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and forward-collision warning come standard. Parents will also appreciate features like doors that won’t open if a car approaches from the back and a reminder that children are still in the rear seats.
The 2022 Telluride impressed Consumer Reports, awarding the SUV mostly high scores. It scored a mind-blowing 97 out of 100 on its road test, a predicted reliability rating of 5 out of 5, and a predicted owner satisfaction rating of 5 out of 5.
Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Telluride the coveted Top Safety Pick for all three model years. However, it’s important to note the SUV has never earned the IIHS’ highest honor, Top Safety Pick+. Still, the Telluride remains wildly popular among consumers for its safety, styling, features, and value.