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 |  Nov 30 2010, 10:28 AM


Along with the 2006 Honda CR-V, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced an investigation into the 2007 Kia Optima. Both NHTSA probes have been sparked by just three complaints, with the Kia Optima being investigated for transmission shifting issues.

A total of 41,000 Optimas are involved, with complaints that the automatic transmission shift cable may detach, resulting in the shifter not being able to select gears. The three complaints revolve around not being able to engage park, drive or reverse and one complainant reported that his vehicle rolled away after it was left in park. Kia has issued a technical service bulletin to fix this issue in 2006 and 2007 Optima models in the past.

NHTSA has been on a tear, investigating and recalling vehicles since it took heat after the Toyota recall crisis. A recall of the 2007 Kia Optima is likely.

[Source: The Detroit News]

  • HemiD

    Ok…now this is very pathetic for NHTSA to move on such an issue when I have seen the TSB. It is matter for the owner to take the vehicle back to the dealer in getting this fix. Nevertheless, three complaints??? Come now NHTSA…go after the many complaints from the Lexus crowd who filed and still nothing has happened.

  • weezie

    The Kia Optima is likely to also have a problem with their airbag. Please do not get me wrong I love my car but Kia needs to take responiability and fix their cars. My airbag light came on and I took it to Kia and I asked them to check it out they wanted to charge me almost 2000.00 just to fix it. But my thing was to them why? My car has never been an accident or anything. They told me that it was building pressure and I need to have it fixed. I bought the car with eight miles on it.

  • Blake H.

    i am having trouble with my tyranny as well. while driving it will skip a gear then in to neutral then back in to 1st

  • Gordon Hill

    my Kia 2007 optima has had three incidents of Sudden acceleration causing two accidents you cannot stop it or shut it off . I have had it inspected twice at KIA and they say there is nothing wrong with the car yet there are many documented incidents on the internet and even on youtube.

  • Patty N.

    I have a 2007 Kia Optima with 51,000 miles. Last week I couldn’t get the key out, the automatic car shifter would not engage, car was stuck in park. I called for towing and the tow truck driver showed me a work-around, by rocking car forward and backward a bit (how crazy did I look with my foot outside the car getting car to roll just a bit)! Anyway, I took it to Kia Dealership and they told me the shifter would need to be replaced to tune of $567! I’ve since been looking online to see if others have experienced similar issues. Found ones that mentioned possible break light switch, stop light sensor…Another work-around of flipping off the little plastic cover by shifter and manually moving the shifter with a screwdriver. Eyeyeyeye! Just thought I’d share what’s going on with my 2007 Kia Optima just to see if anyone else has had these issues. Hopefully, when I get the problem fixed on Monday, Kia Headquarters will also be notified by dealership to indicate problem. Does anyone have the best address to send such information, as I will also follow up. Thanks! Patty N.