Kia EV6 recalled for rollaway risk

Kia has voluntarily recalled 9,014 Kia EV6 vehicles due to a potential risk for rollaway incidents.

The issue was around the shifter control unit on the vehicle sending the incorrect command to the parking pawl actuator.

The command would only happen during a rare voltage fluctuation. When that happened, the control unit would disengage the parking mechanism, even if the vehicle was off and parked.

In North America, there have been no reports of complaints or accidents related to rollaway incidents.

Only vehicles produced between November 17, 2021, and April 7, 2022, at the Hwaseong Plant in Gyeonggi Province in South Korea are in the recall, according to autoevolution.

Owners will know their vehicle is in the recall if the component manufacturer is Hyundai KEFICO Corp. The shifter control unit has the part number 42951-18150.

Kia is reaching out to owners via first-class mail on May 25 to inform owners of the next steps.

The fix is a simple software update which prevents the shifter control unit from allowing the parking pawl to be moved out of park.

However, the Kia EV6 does not have over-the-air updates like some of the other leading EVs on the market. Due to this, owners will need to go into their local dealership to get the software update for free.

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