Washington, D.C. – Kia is recalling certain Model Year 2006-2008 Optima vehicles manufactured from September 29th, 2005, through June 13th, 2007. There is a possibility that the shift cable may have been installed incorrectly, causing tension in the cable.
If present, this condition could cause the cable to detach from the shifter assembly’s dowel pin preventing the transmission from being shifted. The Shift lever can then be moved into the park (P) position while the vehicle’s transmission is still in the last used gear before detachment.
Vehicle Make / Model: KIA / Optima
Model Year(s): 2006-2008
Manufacturer: Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc.
Mfr’s Report Date: March 3rd, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V153000 PE10046
NHTSA Action Number: PE10046
Component: Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Lever and Linkage:Column Shift
Potential Number of Units Affected: 70,115
Consequence: If the driver leaves the vehicle without engaging the parking brake, there is a possibility that the vehicle can roll and injure a person in its path or cause a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the shift cable and reinstall if necessary Free of Charge. The Safety Recall is expected to begin during March 2011. Owner may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.
Notes: Kia’s safety recall campaign number is SC088. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety administraion’s vehicle safety HOTLINE at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov .