really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,529 miles

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problem #4

May 202015


  • miles
The contact owned a 2009 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V114000 (service brakes, hydraulic, exterior lighting). The manufacturer had not sent notification of the vehicle being included in the recall from March 29, 2013. While driving highway speeds, the contact noticed smoke under the hood of the vehicle. While pulling the vehicle over, an off duty fire fighter flagged the contact to quickly pull over and exit the vehicle. The fire fighter remained at the scene as the fire department arrived and extinguished the flames. The driver was not injured. The insurance company towed the vehicle to a facility, inspected the collision damages, and claimed the vehicle as a total loss. The cause of the fire was not investigated. A dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was not available.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 052011

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
When I brake to 20 mph my car jerks forward. I called the Kia consumer line and they told me that the problem hadn't been heard of.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 122011


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the anti-lock braking system failed and caused the contact to be involved in a crash. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repairs. The dealer confirmed that the anti-lock braking system had malfunctioned. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 12,200.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 032011


  • 28,116 miles
While driving on a normal day with out rain and good road conditions ESC starts blinking and keeps blinking and the speed keeps going down. Even after flooring the accelerator. This happened 3 times twice after replacing a brake switch that went faulty. Technician at the dealership says that he could not find any code on the vehicle recorded. Really worried of thinking if this happend when I go on to a free way.

- Bloomington, IL, USA