Kia is recalling 258,000 Optima sedans  Automotive News

Kia is recalling 258,000 Optima sedans Automotive News

Kia needs to recall more than 257,000 units of its 2012 and 2013 Optima sedans to fix a problem with the bow. In the event of a collision, its parts can separate and turn into projectiles inside.

The recall affects all 2012 and 2013 Optimas manufactured at Kia’s US plant in Georgia between August 2011 and September 2013.

“The vehicles involved have plates along the length of the vault. These are part of the energy-absorbing structure of the vault. In some cases, the plates can separate from the arch when deploying the side airbags or curtain airbags, increasing the risk of injury to occupant. ยป

– Kia error report

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Unlike the plastic panels that cover the upper parts of the cabin, the plates are part of the Optima’s crash structure and must remain attached to avoid any additional risk in the event of a crash. Kia became aware of the problem when the lawsuit was filed earlier this year. The owner claimed to have been injured by the support which separated from the structure of his car during the deployment of the airbag.

Kia claims that cars produced in Korea for other markets are sourced from a third-party supplier whose processes properly attach components to the body; no cases have been reported outside the United States.