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A 2012 Kia Optima

A 2012 Kia Optima

Kia is recalling more than 500,000 cars and minivans in the US because the air bags could fail in a crash.

A safety advocate questions the delay between the Hyundai and Kia recalls.

In total, the two Korean automakers have now recalled almost 1.1 million US vehicles to address the issue. The South Korean automakers are working on a fix. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars.

The defect is tied to six crashes, according to NHTSA. It affects certain 2010-2013 Forte compact cars; 2011-2013 Optima sedans; and 2011-2012 Optima Hybrid sedans and Sedona minivans.

In April, Hyundai expanded a recall from earlier in the year to 580,000 vehicles.

Hyundai in February issued a recall for 154,000 U.S. Sonatas after non-deployment reports were linked to electrical overstress in the air bag control unit. Owners will be notified starting from the 18th of June. The computer detects a crash signal, issues a command to inflate the air bags and prepares seat belts for a crash if necessary. ZF-TRW also said the parts are made to vehicle manufacturers' specifications. Messages were Friday left seeking comment from NHTSA. The crash of the 2013 Forte occurred in Canada. The company provided technical support to Kia, it said. Officials are also looking into whether vehicles made by other manufacturers might be affected. The parts supplier issued a statement saying it's cooperating with the government's investigation, The Associated Press reported.

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