The Kia Optima stands out among typical humdrum midsized sedans with a well-tailored coupe-like silhouette. It also comes with a generous helping of standard equipment for the price. But look past these initial draws and the Optima proves quite ordinary. Neither noise isolation nor ride comfort are stellar. This iteration of the Optima remained a good choice, but was showing its age relative to the newer-designed competition.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Kia Optima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera failed one month after rnd of warrenty. Cost to repair $450"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Backup camera was staticky. It was covered under warranty and replaced"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"backup camera would intermittently not function. most noticeable on hot days. dealer could not recreate the issue, so it has not been resolved"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"backup camera was going out for several months intermint and couldn't get it fixed when I took it in for service took 1.5 yrs to get fixed"

Thomas H., FL (2012 Kia Optima SX Unsure)

"Backup camera failed at 49000 miles. Needed to be replaced by the dealer. Kia has issued a TSB about this problem so it must be common"

Michael M., OH (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Back up camera failed to work all the time. KIA installed a new camera, covered under warranty"

Mary G., MO (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"back up camera stopped working. still trying to determine cause"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"camera doesn't work on rainy days"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It's very different from phone apps and is too complicated to use while driving"

Charles N., NC (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation system calculates the best route thinking that any state routes are automatically 60mph highways, which is rarely/ever the case. Its estimates of drive times are wildly inaccurate, rendering the system nearly useless"

Michael M., OH (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It constantly loses the stored previous destinations. The Sirius xm road reports give constant wrong information about traffic conditions. It is not easy to use"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"VOICE ACTIVATION DID NOT RECOGNIZE A LOCAL CITY"

R S., ON (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In-dash system touch screen stopped working. KIA replaced entire unit under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone became difficult to pair with Bluetooth, and will drop Bluetooth connection sporadically"

Holly C., MO (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth system is horrible in this car. Have to regularly disconnect everything and reinstall phone info. Have taken it into dealer, they said, this happens in Kias and offered no solution"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth was UNABLE to connect my Iphone but was ABLE to connect my wife's iphone. CaR did did NOT acknowledge my phone"

Stephen F., VA (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rarely automatically pairs with mt I-Phone"

Leonard A., FL (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"For unknown reasons the Bluetooth periodically disconnects. Regularly, your stored contacts will not be available"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"When rear defroster is turned on, it causes radio static"

Reynaldo A., CA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio stated fading out, then stopped completely"

James W., MD (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio freezes and/or loses connection"

James D., TX (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"radio failed and was replaced"

David K., CA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sound stopped coming out of the radio system. I had to pay to replace it and I paid for a refurbished one. It failed within the first month and had to have a 2nd one installed. Both were NOT the same as the original in very slight ways"

Jennifer S., CA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio did not download cell phone book and stations would get stuck, the radio was replaced under the extended warranty I purchased when I bought the car"

Archie E., MN (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"reset button did not reset so that you could not clear a message and read the cars mileage"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel controls froze up once"

Leonard A., FL (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Have to speak loudly and repeat myself. Sometimes I just give up. Also, the thing requires key words that I just forget"

Charles N., NC (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"voice control rarely gets familiar voices right"

Stephen F., VA (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Problem actually happened about two years ago. The UVO quite "talking" when the listen button was pressed. Dealer replaced UVO head unit and fixed the problem. Has not returned"

William H., TN (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

"CD player stopped working. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"An ongoing issue is that when I push my cruise control button to "ON" it actually changes a display that also shows gas mileage, trip data, miles to emply etc. It's ALWAYS a roll of the dice as to whether I will actually get the cruise control turned on with the first attempt (usually that answer is NO). This is the problem that the KIA dealership has told me "we cannot fix this problem because we cannot duplicate it". I'm not buying that excuse, but I am sick of dealing with an incompetent s"

Cheryl S., FL (2012 Kia Optima LX Unsure)
Interior lights

"Interior lights did not come on when door was opened was fixed by replacing the light panel under warranty"

Patrick C., GA (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The interior lights sometimes don't come on when the doors are opened. It would appear to be an issue with the fuse box and it needs to be replaced. We don't plan to do this because the problem is intermittent and not a major issue"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior Console Dome light did not come on when doors were opened. Covered under warranty, replaced and is working now"

Dan B., TX (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Did not spray washer fluid onto windshield. Washer motor covered and replaced under warranty"

Dan B., TX (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

"12vokt power plug dud not work. Radio stopped working"

James W., MD (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One of the driving lights burned out within 1 yr. It was too expensive to replace: $150"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Drivers seat failed, then passenger seat failed approx. 12 months after"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Heating pad in bottom of driver seat failed"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both front seat heaters failed to heat properly"

Tom W., NJ (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The seats didn't warm up or cool down properly"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front passenger heating element stopped working at 30,000 miles (replaced under warranty). Front driver's side heating element stopped working at 45,000 (being replaced under warranty)"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"I realized within the first day of owning my Kia that it was pulling to the left. I took it in and they did not fix it. A few weeks later, I hit a guard gate for which I had to have my windshield etc replaced. After the repairs, I took the car in again with the same complaint. They kept my car all day then presented me with a bill for several hundred dollars saying that the problem was an "alignment" issue caused by my accident and it should have been fixed by the auto body shop. I have tak"

Cheryl S., FL (2012 Kia Optima LX Unsure)

"Control of the car"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering rather suddenly became "notchy". On-center feeling was lost, and it became more difficult to maintain a straight line on the highway. The dealer replaced a worn coupling in the steering linkage under warranty, and although there is a definite improvement, I am not entirely convinced that it is back to the way it was"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"steering coupling had a serious flat spot occurring at around 8000 miles. They told me the factory installed a inferior part and they installed a better one"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was too much play in the steering wheel. A faulty piece was replaced under warranty"

Mae S., MD (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A small plastic linkage part went bad, causing uneven steering response. It is well known by Kia and was replaced under a special extended warranty"

Robert L., VA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The steering wheel was sticking when driving"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Need to have a steering bushing replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering wheel loose during slow,short turns. Mx replaced bushing and it fixed the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire wear is uneven

"After ONLY 7,400 miles, I had to replace the front tires! Nexus tires are an inferior product"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"As the car ages it is experiencing more Sirius and rattles as interior components loosen. This leads to a louder cabin environment as you drive"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor squeaks with pano roof when closed. Appears to be related to cushions around pano roof rails (I can make it stop by pushing on it with my fingers)"

William H., TN (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Panoramic sunroof had clicking noise when the car would flex over bumps and uneven pavement. Car was in shop three times and was finally fixed after a three day in shop visit"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a noise in the dash that rattles over every sharp bump. Terribly annoying!"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles in the passenger door. Service center couldn't figure the source and suggested replacement of the door!"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"The door seals are not doing a good job of wind noise reduction. I have had to replace one that fell off the door"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Major irritant is ROAD NOISE. It is a very road noisy auto. A pleasure to drive but sounds like your rolling yourself on the highway. Window air noise is not as problematic"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"They had to drop a new engine in it. It had internal failure"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"dealer had to replace engine"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"piston connecting rod let go went threw the block .Replaced under warranty 60000 km. took 7 days. had to pay for a rental car"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Vehicle lost power on the road and had to have the turbo waste gate cleaned. Another time I lost power on the freeeway and they had to replace the high pressure fuel pump. All warranty work"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Whirring noise intermittent. Slips to 1st gear with no reason or indication"

Dennis B., TX (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

"computer board had to be replaced. under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hybrid system failure......car is in process for lemon law, replaced hybrid battery, check engine light repeatedly comes on"

Steven D., FL (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CV joint

"right CV joint went bad"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C stopped working without warning, compressor replaced. Covered under warranty"

Holly C., MO (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor quit working at 65000 miles soon after the warranty was finished. Very unsatisfied"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"system failed that directs air to different areas of the car, ie Floor, windshield"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Just happened ran out of freon they could not find leak"

Janet R., AZ (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Direct Injection Fuel Pump failed"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"It went while driving cross country. There was a TSB on it"

Mark L., AZ (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"driving home and car started missing bad about 60 miles from home would not go over 50 mph made it home would not start next day had to tow it to dealer, needed a loaner, go it back next day ok now"

Thomas H., FL (2012 Kia Optima SX Unsure)

"Fuel pump failed at ~43000 miles; repaired under warranty by dealer in 2 days, provided loaner car during service. Satisfied with experience"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"satellite radio fidelity sounded very compressed. my other vehicle does not have this "compressed" sound"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It died"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The UVO system does not synch easily with iPhones, iPads, or any MP3 or music storing device we have tried. In some instances the music will load onto the system after a 5 minute wait, but it will usually crash about 15 minutes into operation"

Kevin H., CA (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"the clear coat started peeling away on front hood area about a year after purchase"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint is chipping in certain places, Kia will not pay to have the car repainted"

Frank O., FL (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The front bumper clearance from the ground is so low that the black trim/baffle on the bottom of the bumper is constantly rubbing on parking strips and has come loose"

Dave H., OR (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"dent on inside of door would not allow indoor lights to turn off and look doors. Do not how the door got a little dent???"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Door handle came off on front passengers side after a car wash. car was not much over 2 years old at the time"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"Sticking"

Craig R., TX (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"acceleration bogging down when pressing accelerator at low speed"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor recall"

Dainna D., ON (2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Persistent oil leak. Dealership resealed oil pan which did not fix issue. They ended up replacing the turbo seal and the gasket for the timing cover to fix the leak"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"My rotors would sqeal when the car sat for a period of time. As well my rotors were pitted after 15,000 kms. The dealership replaced them under warranty. I have already had a brake job done at a very high cost. I don't think it was any fault of the c"

Jeff B., ON (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Brake pedal went to the floor after 3 weeks. Dealer kept car for 3 weeks ordering and changing parts. Final correction was replacing defective booster cylinder attached to master cylinder. Dealer kept at it until resolved. Was covered under warranty"

Tom L., WI (2012 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission failed around 90k miles, but no sensors indicated a failure. It took Kia close to 3 months to rebuild my transmission, and it still does not work correctly. Kia refuses to do anything further because there are no sensors indicating a problem even though the car does not shift correctly"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The transmission suddenly stopped shifting into higher gears. The dealer replaced it under warranty but I was without a vehicle for a week"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"dealer had to replace stater"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"I have had to take my car in 2 times to replace the computer part for the turbo charger"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Dec 19 2018
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Kia has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pipe, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 17, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC172.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V907000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71653
AIR BAGS: AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE
Jun 01 2018
If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners. For model year 2011 Sedona vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to verify the ACU part number and, if necessary, install an extension wire harness kit between the ACU Connector and the Vehicle Harness Connector. For all other affected vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to install the extension wire harness kit. The recall began September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V363000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 507587
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Mar 31 2017
Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motor Company (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge. The recall began June 20, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC147.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V224000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 618160
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