Kia announced earlier today that they will be recalling 3,100 2014 Kia Cadenza models that have the 19″ wheel option installed. According to Kia, the wheels are subject to fracture when coming into contact with potholes or other road debris.
In other words, the cold winter we had lowered the structural integrity of the wheels, and the weather caused bigger potholes than normal. When you combine the two, the wheels fracture into pieces and could cause a crash. Thanks, Mother Nature!
This recall is particularly dangerous because if the wheel fractures while driving, the tire will deflate and the driver could lose control. This would likely be something that happens suddenly with no driver warning. While you should always make an effort to avoid hitting potholes (bent wheels can also cause a tire to deflate), sometimes it’s just not possible.
Compared to the millions of GM vehicles recalled this year, 3,100 cars doesn’t seem like many. But if you have a 2014 Kia Cadenza with the 19″ wheel option, Kia will notify you by mail if your wheels need replaced. You can also check to see if your vehicle is part of this, or any other recall, but checking the government’s Safercar.gov website.
Chad Kirchner is a freelance automotive journalist with a sincere passion for the industry and helping people. He’s a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and the Texas Auto Writers Association. When not writing about the latest automotive news or vehicles, you can catch him at car shows around the country. Be sure to check him out on social media, including Google+ and Twitter.