Approximately 142,000 model-year 2013-14 Kia Optima sedans equipped with 2.4-liter or turbocharged 2.0-liter engines are being recalled because the low-pressure fuel hose may deteriorate and crack over time due to heat generated within the engine compartment, causing fuel to leak and increasing the risk of a fire.

Kia will begin notifying owners on April 16. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.