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Driving down the freeway, cracked open the driver side front window about 1/4" and "WHOOSH"...the black A pillar cover flies off and gets run over by car behind me. I got home and checked the passenger side, it was a bit loose on the top.

Anybody else have this issue? Any guesses on how long for a replacement? Going to file warranty claim for replacement tomorrow. I don't have the luxury of parking it and waiting for the replacement. Any possible damage I could do by driving it?

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Driving down the freeway, cracked open the driver side front window about 1/4" and "WHOOSH"...the black A pillar cover flies off and gets run over by car behind me. I got home and checked the passenger side, it was a bit loose on the top.

Anybody else have this issue? Any guesses on how long for a replacement? Going to file warranty claim for replacement tomorrow. I don't have the luxury of parking it and waiting for the replacement. Any possible damage I could do by driving it?

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Ugh! Sorry to hear that. I know parts are in tight supply right now so it could take a while.

The A pillar plastic trim piece won’t have any effect on the safety of your carnival. It just looks a little unsightly. If you get any debris in the holes, it could cause some issues once they install a replacement piece. I would also double check all the other trim pieces. The roof rail piece might be susceptible to more lift with the A pillar gone.
 

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Ugh! Sorry to hear that. I know parts are in tight supply right now so it could take a while.

The A pillar plastic trim piece won’t have any effect on the safety of your carnival. It just looks a little unsightly. If you get any debris in the holes, it could cause some issues once they install a replacement piece. I would also double check all the other trim pieces. The roof rail piece might be susceptible to more lift with the A pillar gone.
Thanks. I put a piece of packaging tape across all the holes in an attempt to keep any debris out. Headed to the local dealer this morning.
 

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Good luck and let us know how it goes. You may want to consider painter’s tape or something not quite as sticky. Packing tape may pull the paint off.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will change out the tape.

So far I have been very happy with the service department at my dealership. Went to the dealership today without an appointment and was promptly interviewed regarding the issue. Within 10 minutes the van was driven into the garage and I went to the service lobby. It took about 90 minutes, and when the service manager came back, he let me know that they had ordered the trim piece for both sides. Their investigation confirmed that the other side was also loose and needed to be replaced. They expect the parts in about 3 days. They also replaced the cabin filter the was out of stock when I last was in for scheduled maintenance.

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Driving down the freeway, cracked open the driver side front window about 1/4" and "WHOOSH"...the black A pillar cover flies off and gets run over by car behind me. I got home and checked the passenger side, it was a bit loose on the top.

Anybody else have this issue? Any guesses on how long for a replacement? Going to file warranty claim for replacement tomorrow. I don't have the luxury of parking it and waiting for the replacement. Any possible damage I could do by driving it?

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I would seal it with Gorilla heavy duty , wide duct tape , black .
 

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Wow that is crazy to hear a body panel just coming off like that. I guess quality control wasn't the greatest for your vehicle. I hope this isn't a common issue with others but glad you got it resolved!
 

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Driving down the freeway, cracked open the driver side front window about 1/4" and "WHOOSH"...the black A pillar cover flies off and gets run over by car behind me. I got home and checked the passenger side, it was a bit loose on the top.

Anybody else have this issue? Any guesses on how long for a replacement? Going to file warranty claim for replacement tomorrow. I don't have the luxury of parking it and waiting for the replacement. Any possible damage I could do by driving it?

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I had the same thing happen to both sides in our new Kia , only 300 km on it n whoosh they came off!! That's why I ended up in this forum!!
I put black body clips into the holes till I get the pillar trims.
 

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Had you replaced your windshield in the last few months before this happening? I had to replace mine and about two months later my left side panel flew off while i was driving on the freeway because the glass replacement people broke all the clips. The right side is also loose. I had the dealer order new panels but haven’t heard anything and it’s been a month. They also wont cover it because the glass replacement is what did it :)
 

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Had you replaced your windshield in the last few months before this happening? I had to replace mine and about two months later my left side panel flew off while i was driving on the freeway because the glass replacement people broke all the clips. The right side is also loose. I had the dealer order new panels but haven’t heard anything and it’s been a month. They also wont cover it because the glass replacement is what did it :)
Sounds like you should file a claim with the glass replacement company.
 

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Had you replaced your windshield in the last few months before this happening? I had to replace mine and about two months later my left side panel flew off while i was driving on the freeway because the glass replacement people broke all the clips. The right side is also loose. I had the dealer order new panels but haven’t heard anything and it’s been a month. They also wont cover it because the glass replacement is what did it :)
Yes, I had the windshield replaced about a month prior to the piece falling off. Kia had already written up the repair under warranty before it was determined to most likely be the fault of SafeLite while replacing the windshield.
 

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Yes, I had the windshield replaced about a month prior to the piece falling off. Kia had already written up the repair under warranty before it was determined to most likely be the fault of SafeLite while replacing the windshield.
Oh wow i wish they didn’t catch it instantly in my case. Good for you though. I already have another sizable chip in my windshield because living in Arizona ROCKS. See what I did there? Can’t wait for this repeat problem I suppose.
 
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