Kia recalls 377,000 SUVs to fix shift lever problem

A logo of Kia Motors shows at its showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is recalling more than 377,000 Sorento SUVs because the transmission can be shifted out of park when the driver’s foot isn’t on the brake.

The recall covers Sorentos from the 2011 through 2013 model years. Kia says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the cars can roll away unexpectedly. The problem happens when the gear shift lever is pushed too hard, causing a part in the shifter to crack. It has caused three injuries.

Kia says it began investigating the trouble in August when it got a letter from a lawyer saying that a child moved a Sorento shift lever out of park and the SUV rolled, causing an injury.

Dealers will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism with improved parts. Owners will be notified starting Nov. 24.

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