Kia Sedona Door won't Open when Detecting Obstruction
Updated 6 months 1 week ago
The sliding door on 20015-2018 Kia Sedona may not reverse when an obstruction (such as a child) is detected as the door is closing. This problem can cause injuries. The automatic stop and reversal feature is designed to stop the door closing process and allow the door to automatically open when an obstruction is detected.
According to Kia the Power Sliding Door (PSD) issue only affects Sedonas manufactured from July 2014 to December 2017. The manufacturing date of your Kia Sedona can be checked by the VIN sticker on the driver's door jamb.
A sensor mounted on the door well detects movement of the sliding door as it closes. If unexpected changes are seen when the sliding door closes, it stops the door and the door closing process is reversed. Because the threshold for the sliding door sensor is set to high, the door may not stop when an obstruction such as a child is in the way of the door.
A software update is available for the Power Sliding Door (PSD) control module. The PSD software update lowers the sensitivity threshold for the sliding door sensor. To make the door auto reverse when little resistance is detected, the PSD is programmed to reverse the door closing at lower sensitivity.
Owners cannot update the PSD module themselves and currently there, is no DIY fix for this problem. The best solution is to take the car to the dealer and have the dealer do the Power Sliding Door module update which is free.
Kia is recalling over 100,000 Kia Sedona for this issue according to recall 18V-338. As part of this recall, Kia dealers will update the Power Sliding Door module software. This procedure is also referred to as reprogramming of the power sliding door module software logic which is free of charge for Kia owners. Kia owners will be notified as early as June 18, 2018.
All Kia Sedona owners affected by this recall should receive a letter in the mail. If you do not receive a recall letter but believe your Kia Sedona is affected by this recall contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.