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Per the maintenance schedule, we are replacing our cabin air filter for the first time. Very simple to get to (behind the glove box) but I noticed there are two "tabs" preventing the air filter cover from being removed. Are you supposed to cut these tabs off the first time you change it? If so, what in the world would be the point of these? Just to see if people are actually replacing it??? If so, that seems very silly

Am I missing something?

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If you watch this video (2021 Sorento), he does not have them. But if you look close you see that it looks like they USED to be there - cause you can see the little stumps from them.
Does yours have any little "stumps" in those spots?

 

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The tabs are molded into the plastic - they do not come off or detach. If you pull on them and twist them, you will see that they are connected. The only way to remove them, would be to cut them off
 

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It doesn't make sense to me -- from a pure engineering perspective -- that KIA would design a "locked-in" closure, especially one needing a special cutting tool to gain access.
That is exactly what I am thinking... why would Kia do that?
Now you don't need a special cutting tool to remove them... some decent scissors would do it or you can probably just twist them back and forth until it gives - but it doesnt make sense to me.
 
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