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Kia Sorento recall: SUVs could have axle failure

Kia Sorento recall includes over 9,700 SUVs in the US and Canada. The Kia Sorento recall is being issued  because the front axles can fail, causing the vehicles to lose power 

By The Associated Press / August 22, 2013

A 2012 Kia Sorento SUV. A Kia Sorento recall includes about 9,700 2014 model-year Sorentos that could have axles failures. The Hyundai Santa Fe, which is similar to the Sorento, was recalled for the same reason last week.

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Kia is recalling more than 9,700 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the front axle can fail and the vehicles can lose power.

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The Kia Sorento recall affects 2014 SUVs with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive. They were built from Jan. 7 through March 12 of this year.

Kia says the right axle drive shaft can crack and fail. If that happens, the SUVs can lose power or roll away when parked. The company says there haven't been any crashes or injuries reported.

Owners will be notified by letter. Dealers will replace the axle shaft free of charge.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe, which is similar to the Sorento, was recalled for the same reason last week.

These are the vehicle specifications for the 2014 Kia Sorento SX FWD:

BASE PRICE: $24,100 for LX FWD; $25,700 for LX V-6 FWD; $25,900 for LX AWD; $27,500 for LX V-6 AWD; $30,000 for EX FWD; $31,800 for EX AWD; $35,000 for SX FWD.

PRICE AS TESTED: $37,100.

TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, seven-passenger, mid-size, crossover, sport utility vehicle.

ENGINE: 3.3-liter, double overhead cam, gasoline direct injection V-6 with CVVT.

MILEAGE: 18 mpg (city), 25 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: 120 mph.

LENGTH: 184.6 inches.

WHEELBASE: 106.3 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,772 pounds.

BUILT AT: West Point, Ga.

OPTIONS: Third-row seating with 50/50 split backs and rear air conditioning $1,200; cargo net $50.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $850.

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