Kia Updated The Carnival Minivan Because Second-Row Seats Could Whiff Off In A Crash

Kia Carnival
Kia Carnival

The 2024 Kia Carnival now comes with an update that should keep the second-row seats from breaking loose in a crash. Still, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today, even the updated Carnival did poorly in its crash tests.

In the IIHS’s initial testing, one of the second-row seats became detached from the floor, slamming into the third row. In a real-life crash, that would obviously be bad news for passengers sitting in the third row and still not great for whoever was sitting in the seat that came loose. Once informed of this issue, Kia upgraded the floor rails used on all Carnivals built after August 2023 and will offer the same upgrade to owners of early vehicles for free.

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