Kia is recalling approximately 10,730 model-year 2017-2018 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid vehicles due to engine issues. The connecting rod bearings inside the engine may wear prematurely, resulting in engine damage. A damaged engine can increase the risk of a fire or can cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on Nov. 29. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To resolve the issue, dealers will inspect the engine and if bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced. Dealers will also install a software update containing a Knock Sensor Detection System.
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.