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NHTSA launches investigations for Kia Sorento, Subaru Impreza

by Drew Johnson

The NHTSA has launched two separate investigations involving the Kia Sorento and Subaru Impreza.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two new probes into the Kia Sorento and Subaru Impreza. In total, the investigations could lead to as many as 135,000 vehicle recalls.

The NHTSA says it is investigating 50,000 2011 model year Kia Sorento SUVs for a potential defect with the vehicle's driveshaft. The agency has received four complaints of power loss due to sudden failure of a transmission intermediate driveshaft, and another five complaints of power loss that could be related to the same driveshaft.

Kia has already issued at least one technical service bulletin on the issue.

Separately, the NHTSA is investigating 84,000 Subaru Impreza models from the 2002-03 model years. The NHTSA has received a total of seven complaints about failure of the vehicle's control arm due to extreme corrosion. Two of those complaints involved loss of vehicle control control.

No official recalls have been issued at this time.

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