Kia India has recalled the Carens MPV to fix a potential problem with the airbag control module software. Kia has announced that it will recall 44,174 units of Carens and will contact all owners about it. Customers will need to visit their respective dealership or use the Kia website/app to schedule an appointment. The issue is being recalled for inspection and all affected cars will be given a free software update. Kia Carens comes with 6 airbags as standard across all variants and fixing this issue is very important as it controls the deployment of airbags in case of an accident.
“This voluntary recall campaign is being initiated by Kia India, to check for any possible defect in the Airbag Control Module (ACU) software in Kia Carens. “Will take every precaution to minimize the inconvenience,” the company said.
Kia Carens: A Brief Summary
Kia Carens is quite modern looking and doesn’t look like a conventional MPV. The front part is divided into two parts. At the bottom is a large mesh grill surrounded by chrome inserts. The fog lamps are placed next to the grille and are fitted with triple lights. The LED headlights also get a triple beam setup, and the DRLs are separate from the main lights. A slate of black joins the two DRLs and gets an embossed design. Viewed from the side, we see a straight roofline, and character lines running across the dash.
The interiors offer an elegant look, with a wrap-around dashboard and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The seats are finished in indigo and beige, while the dash is covered in high-gloss black. Not only the front seats but also the cup holders are ventilated. We no longer see a piece of glass, and now get a separate 10.25-inch infotainment system and a fully digital display. The car is equipped with an air purifier and the second row also has seat back tables. The car is available in 6 and 7 seater models. The car gets 3 driving modes. Eco, Normal and Sport. The Carens is offered with three powertrain options. The entry-level variants get a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 115HP and 144 Nm of torque. This unit is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It gets a certified fuel economy of 15.7 kmpl. The diesel engine is the familiar 1.5-litre unit that produces 115HP and 250Nm. This unit is mated to a 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT. The most powerful offering is the 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that produces 140HP and 242 Nm of torque. This unit is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT.