The Kia Telluride Faces a Recall for Rollaway Risk

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Kia is recalling more than 400,000 Telluride SUVs for risk of rolling away in park. The ultra-popular family hauler’s driveshafts may not fully engage, causing damage and unintended rolling.

Affected vehicles include all 2020-2023 Tellurides and some from 2024, totaling 427m407 units. Kia said, “The intermediate shaft and right front driveshaft may not be fully engaged due to suspected improper assembly by the supplier. Over time, partial engagement can cause damage to the intermediate shaft splines. Damaged shaft splines may result in unintended vehicle movement in Park if the parking brake is not engaged.

The automaker said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem. Kia dealers will fix the issue by installing updated electronic parking brake software that automatically engages the parking brake when the SUV is placed into Park. In the meantime, owners are advised to make sure the parking brake is set before leaving the vehicle. As with all recalls, the repair is free for owners, and Kia said it would reimburse any expenses incurred.

The Telluride remains a popular option in the Kia catalog five years after its release, but some model years have fared better than others on recalls. The 2022 model has five, including one for an incorrect spare tire size and a blank digital gauge cluster. The 2023 Telluride has three recalls, including one for the rollaway risk, the gauge cluster, and its second-row airbags, which might not deploy.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • The Oracle The Oracle on Mar 28, 2024

    Well, we’re 3-4 years in with the Telluride and right around the time the long term durability issues start to really take hold. This is sad.

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    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Mar 31, 2024

      Telluride has the highest resale value despite everything you say

  • GregLocock GregLocock on Mar 28, 2024

    That's a bodge, not a solution. Your diff now has bits of broken off metal floating around in it.

    • El scotto El scotto on Mar 28, 2024

      No, no it's extra traction for free. Until it doesn't go at all.

  • Alan Alan on Mar 31, 2024

    Hmm, people not using the park brake when parked (its not the emergency brake).

    Here in Australia you must use the park brake when parked. My US built XJ park brake only lasted a few months then broke. I suppose it couldn't handle the amount of cycles of parking.

    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Mar 31, 2024

      Your choice of vehicles is as awful as your racist left wing politics

  • Bkojote Bkojote on Apr 01, 2024

    I bought a Kia Telluride in March of 2021 and i don't like using my parking brake because it's an extra step, so i'm glad this is being recalled after ours rolled over my son's best friend.

    I want to replace it with a new model because I no longer feel safe in this, but I'm currently $20k underwater and i'm in the middle of a divorce. The only other maker who will finance me is Mitsubishi but I want something that makes me look cool so I want another Telluride.