Kia recalls more than 427,000 Telluride SUVs because they may roll while parked

Kia is recalling more than 427,000 Telluride SUVs due to a defect that could cause the cars to roll over while parked.

NEW YORK – Kia is recalling more than 427,000 of its Telluride SUVs due to a defect that could cause the cars to roll over while parked.

According to documents published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the center column and right front driveshaft of some 2020-2024 Telluride models may not be fully engaged. Over time, this can lead to “unintended vehicle movement” while in the parking lot – increasing potential collision risks.

Kia of America decided to recall all 2020-2023 models and select 2024 Telluride models earlier this month, NHTSA documents show. No injuries or accidents were reported at that time.

An incorrect assembly is suspected to be the cause of the shaft engagement issue – the recall includes 2020-2024 Telluride models built between January 9, 2019 and October 19, 2023. Kia America estimates 1% are affected by the defect.

To address the issue, recall documents say, dealers will update the electronic parking brake software for affected vehicles and replace any damaged idler shafts free of charge. Owners who have already incurred repair expenses will also be compensated.

Meanwhile, drivers of the affected Telluride are being asked to manually engage emergency breaks before exiting the vehicle. Drivers can also confirm if their specific vehicle is included in this recall and find more information using the NHTSA website and/or Kia's recall lookup platform.

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Owner notification letters will be mailed on May 15, with agent notification starting a few days before.

The Associated Press reached out to Irvine, California-based Kia America for further comment on Sunday.

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