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Kia Needs to Repair the EV9 Headliner Because it is Not Padded Enough

  • The automaker discovered the problem during pre-production testing of the 2025 EV9 in Georgia.
  • Kia dealers have been instructed to replace the shock-absorbing panels under the headliner.
  • The recall affects 2,401 vehicles.

Kia has issued its third recall for the 2024 EV9 in the U.S. in the past two months. First, it was recalled because it could lose power while driving, and then several recalls followed because of an unsecured seatbelt. Now, the automaker is recalling the EV9 again, this time because of a problem with the headliner.

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According to the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it was determined that the EV9 headliner may not absorb enough impact force from an occupant’s head in a crash. This means the EV9 does not meet certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements and increases the risk of injury in a crash.

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The recall affects 2,401 EV9s manufactured at Kia’s Gwangmyeong Autoland plant in Korea between September 25, 2023 and March 21, 2024.

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Kia became aware of a potential issue on May 25, 2024, during pre-production testing of the 2025 EV9, which recently began production at Kia’s Georgia plant. The company conducted compliance testing of the Korean-built 2024 model and determined on May 28 that the headliner did not meet performance requirements. Kia is not aware of any reports of occupant head injuries caused by the headliner, nor are there any known accidents or fatalities.

    Kia needs to repair the EV9 headliner because it is not padded enough

Dealers were notified of the recall on June 10, and owners of affected EV9s will be notified starting July 31, 2024. Kia has instructed dealers to replace the impact protection panels mounted on the headliner with improved ones to better cushion impacts. Any owner who paid to have the issue fixed will be fully compensated. All EV9 models built from June 11 will be equipped with the improved headliner.

Kia began production of the 2025 EV9 in Georgia at the end of May. It will be built alongside the Telluride, Sorento and Sportage.

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    Kia needs to repair the EV9 headliner because it is not padded enough

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