The Kia Cadenza is one of the South Korean manufacturer’s luxury sedans. First sold in 2009 and brought to the United States in 2013, it features such luxury details often found in BMW or Audi vehicles, the latter’s lead designer created the model for Kia.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer now must recall an estimated 30,000 cars because the windshield is not properly bonded to the body frame. This means that the glass could come loose or completely detach while the vehicle moves, causing an increased risk of injury. Owners may also notice increased wind noise or water leaks.
Kia said in papers filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it was not aware of any injuries caused by this issue. However, there have been at least 256 warranty claims and 24 customer complaints regarding the problem.
The recall involves all Cadenzas manufactured between February 1, 2013, and January 7, 2016. The fix will include removing the windshield and reinstalling it, which the dealerships will do free of charge. Kia will start contacting owners on May 13, 2022, about the recall, but owners can also reach out to the manufacturer at 800-333-4542. The owner can also enter the vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) at the NHTSA’s website if they are unsure about the car’s manufacturing date. Owners should take the car in for immediate service if the window seal shows signs of compromise.