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KIA OPTIMA - 2012 KIA OPTIMA Problems & Complaints

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers
by Kia Motors America

There are 92 complaints filed for the 2012 KIA OPTIMA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2012 KIA OPTIMA. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2012 KIA OPTIMA, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (2) Engine And Engine Cooling (3) Seat Belts (1) Structure (4) Vehicle Speed Control (9)
Communications (1) Equipment (1) Seats (4) Suspension (8) Visibility (4)
Electrical System (8) Equipment Adaptive (1) Service Brakes (8) Tires (6) Visibility Wiper (5)
Electronic Stability Control (2) Fuel Propulsion System (4) Service Brakes Air (1) Unknown Or Other (9) Wheels (3)
Engine (4) Power Train (9) Steering (30)

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

8/29/2014 - HARPERS FERRY, WV
TL-THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 KIA OPTIMA EQUIPPED WITH HANKOOK, TIRE LINE: OPTIMO H431, AND TIRES SIZE 225/45/R18 TIRES. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH, THE TIRE GAUGE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT TOOK THE VEHICLE TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE MECHANIC STATED THAT THE REAR DRIVER'S SIDE TIRE HAD AN AIR BUBBLE. THE TIRE WAS NOT REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE APPROXIMATE VEHICLE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 36,000 AND THE TIRE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 7,000. THE DOT NUMBER WAS NOT AVAILABLE. CS

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

8/21/2014 - BOCA RATON , FL
MY SATELLITE RADIO HAS BEEN CUTTING IN AND OUT EVER SINCE I BOUGHT THE CAR. DEALER SAYS ANTENNAE WAS REPLACED. PROBLEM STILL EXISTS. I HAVE BROUGHT CAR BACK SEVERAL TIMES AND THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO DUPLICATE.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

8/21/2014 - BOCA RATON , FL
I WAS ACCELERATING VEHICLE AN STABILITY LIGHT CAME ON AND CAR WOULD NOT ACCELLERATE. WHEN I TRIED A LOUD NOISE CAME FROM THE FRONT. DEALER SAYS NOTHING WAS WRONG.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

7/31/2014 - HENDERSON, NV
I HAVE HAD THIS VEHICLE FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW AND HAVE ABOUT 30,000 MILES ON IT. I TOOK THIS CAR TO THE DEALERSHIP WITHIN A WEEK AFTER I BOUGHT IT FOR PROBLEMS WITH STEERING AND IT'S INABILITY TO STAY STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD WITHOUT HAVING TO CONTUNUALLY ADJUST THE STEERING WHEEL. I WAS TOLD THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD FIND WRONG WITH IT. BUT AFTER FINDING THIS WEBSITE, I NOW UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT THE FIRST ONE TO HAVE THIS ISSUE. RECENTLY I HAVE HAD AN ISSUE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER. IT WORKS FINE WHEN THE CAR IS DRIVING BUT WHEN IT IS STOPPED OR IDLING, THE AIR SUDDENLY BLOWS WARM AIR AND DOESN'T START TO BLOW COLD UNTIL A FEW SECONDS AFTER THE CAR HAS STARTED MOVING.

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STEERING

7/31/2014 - HENDERSON, NV
I HAVE HAD THIS VEHICLE FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW AND HAVE ABOUT 30,000 MILES ON IT. I TOOK THIS CAR TO THE DEALERSHIP WITHIN A WEEK AFTER I BOUGHT IT FOR PROBLEMS WITH STEERING AND IT'S INABILITY TO STAY STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD WITHOUT HAVING TO CONTUNUALLY ADJUST THE STEERING WHEEL. I WAS TOLD THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD FIND WRONG WITH IT. BUT AFTER FINDING THIS WEBSITE, I NOW UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT THE FIRST ONE TO HAVE THIS ISSUE. RECENTLY I HAVE HAD AN ISSUE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER. IT WORKS FINE WHEN THE CAR IS DRIVING BUT WHEN IT IS STOPPED OR IDLING, THE AIR SUDDENLY BLOWS WARM AIR AND DOESN'T START TO BLOW COLD UNTIL A FEW SECONDS AFTER THE CAR HAS STARTED MOVING.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

7/31/2014 - HENDERSON, NV
I HAVE HAD THIS VEHICLE FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW AND HAVE ABOUT 30,000 MILES ON IT. I TOOK THIS CAR TO THE DEALERSHIP WITHIN A WEEK AFTER I BOUGHT IT FOR PROBLEMS WITH STEERING AND IT'S INABILITY TO STAY STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD WITHOUT HAVING TO CONTUNUALLY ADJUST THE STEERING WHEEL. I WAS TOLD THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD FIND WRONG WITH IT. BUT AFTER FINDING THIS WEBSITE, I NOW UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT THE FIRST ONE TO HAVE THIS ISSUE. RECENTLY I HAVE HAD AN ISSUE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER. IT WORKS FINE WHEN THE CAR IS DRIVING BUT WHEN IT IS STOPPED OR IDLING, THE AIR SUDDENLY BLOWS WARM AIR AND DOESN'T START TO BLOW COLD UNTIL A FEW SECONDS AFTER THE CAR HAS STARTED MOVING.

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VISIBILITY/WIPER

7/4/2014 - HERMITAGE, TN
I WAS ON I-40 GOING ABOUT 75 MPG. TEMP WAS ABOUT 75 AND THE DRIVER SIDE WINDOW CRACKED A LITTLE. THE SHADE WAS NOT DOWN ON THE SUNROOF, BUT THE SUNROOF WAS NOT LIFTED.I WAS ABOUT TO PASS A VEHICLE TO MY RIGHT. ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS A LOUD BANG IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD. I WAS SO THROWN OFF, I ALMOST LET GO OF THE WHEEL. IT ECHOED IN MY HEAD. I PANICKED AND PULLED OVER ON THE INTERSTATE AND FLAGGED DOWN A STATE TROOPER. THE TROOPER CHECKED... MY CAR WAS NOT HOT. NOTHING FLEW IN MY CAR. NOTHING FLEW OUT OF MY CAR. THERE WAS NO OTHER DAMAGE BESIDES THE HOLE IN THE SUNROOF. BUT YOU COULD TELL THAT THE EXPLOSION CAME FROM INSIDE THE CAR. THE TROOPER WAS SPEECHLESS. I WAS TERRIFIED TO DRIVE THE CAR ANYMORE BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT. WE CONCLUDED THAT IT HAD TO BE SOME KIND OF AIR PRESSURE THAT CAUSED IT. AGAIN, I'M NOT AN EXPERT BUT I DO KNOW THAT I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO CAUSE THIS. I KEEP MY CAR IN GREAT CONDITION. AFTER SEEING THE OTHER REPORTS, I'M GLAD I HEARD ABOUT THIS SITE. PLEASE MANDATE A RECALL OR REBATE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD THIS ISSUE. THE IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. MY HEARING IN MY RIGHT EAR WAS "FUZZY" FOR A FEW HOURS, I HAD A MASSIVE HEADACHE, MY EAR IS SORE, THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE OF MY BODY HURTS. THANK GOD I DIDN'T HAVE ANY CUTS OR BRUISES, BUT IT FELT LIKE IT (WEIRD). I COULD HAVE CAUSED A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT IF I TOOK BOTH HANDS OFF OF THE WHEEL. AND IT'S SAD THAT KIA HAS NOT ADDRESSED THIS WITH SO MANY COMPLAINS. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY A DEDUCTIBLE FOR A MANUFACTURE FLAW.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

7/4/2014 - HERMITAGE, TN
I WAS ON I-40 GOING ABOUT 75 MPG. TEMP WAS ABOUT 75 AND THE DRIVER SIDE WINDOW CRACKED A LITTLE. THE SHADE WAS NOT DOWN ON THE SUNROOF, BUT THE SUNROOF WAS NOT LIFTED.I WAS ABOUT TO PASS A VEHICLE TO MY RIGHT. ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS A LOUD BANG IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD. I WAS SO THROWN OFF, I ALMOST LET GO OF THE WHEEL. IT ECHOED IN MY HEAD. I PANICKED AND PULLED OVER ON THE INTERSTATE AND FLAGGED DOWN A STATE TROOPER. THE TROOPER CHECKED... MY CAR WAS NOT HOT. NOTHING FLEW IN MY CAR. NOTHING FLEW OUT OF MY CAR. THERE WAS NO OTHER DAMAGE BESIDES THE HOLE IN THE SUNROOF. BUT YOU COULD TELL THAT THE EXPLOSION CAME FROM INSIDE THE CAR. THE TROOPER WAS SPEECHLESS. I WAS TERRIFIED TO DRIVE THE CAR ANYMORE BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT. WE CONCLUDED THAT IT HAD TO BE SOME KIND OF AIR PRESSURE THAT CAUSED IT. AGAIN, I'M NOT AN EXPERT BUT I DO KNOW THAT I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO CAUSE THIS. I KEEP MY CAR IN GREAT CONDITION. AFTER SEEING THE OTHER REPORTS, I'M GLAD I HEARD ABOUT THIS SITE. PLEASE MANDATE A RECALL OR REBATE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD THIS ISSUE. THE IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. MY HEARING IN MY RIGHT EAR WAS "FUZZY" FOR A FEW HOURS, I HAD A MASSIVE HEADACHE, MY EAR IS SORE, THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE OF MY BODY HURTS. THANK GOD I DIDN'T HAVE ANY CUTS OR BRUISES, BUT IT FELT LIKE IT (WEIRD). I COULD HAVE CAUSED A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT IF I TOOK BOTH HANDS OFF OF THE WHEEL. AND IT'S SAD THAT KIA HAS NOT ADDRESSED THIS WITH SO MANY COMPLAINS. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY A DEDUCTIBLE FOR A MANUFACTURE FLAW.

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STRUCTURE: BODY

7/1/2014 - HOUSTON, TX
DRIVING DOWN THE FREEWAY AT 70 MPH, SUNNY CLEAR WEATHER, TEMP 85. NO OVERPASSES OR OTHER VEHICLES IN SIGHT. THE SUNROOF EXPLODED SHOWERING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF GLASS ON TOP OF MY HEAD RESULTING IN A FEW MINOR CUTS. EITHER I WAS STRUCK BY A METEORITE OR KIA HAS DEFECTIVE GLASS. THE DEALER REPLACED IT FOR $550.00 AND NO EXPLANATION. AS THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER POSTS WITH SIMILAR DESCRIPTIONS I FEEL KIA HAS DEFECTIVE GLASS AND THIS SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED.. I VERY NEARLY LOST CONTROL OF MY CAR AT FREEWAY SPEEDS.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

7/1/2014 - HOUSTON, TX
DRIVING DOWN THE FREEWAY AT 70 MPH, SUNNY CLEAR WEATHER, TEMP 85. NO OVERPASSES OR OTHER VEHICLES IN SIGHT. THE SUNROOF EXPLODED SHOWERING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF GLASS ON TOP OF MY HEAD RESULTING IN A FEW MINOR CUTS. EITHER I WAS STRUCK BY A METEORITE OR KIA HAS DEFECTIVE GLASS. THE DEALER REPLACED IT FOR $550.00 AND NO EXPLANATION. AS THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER POSTS WITH SIMILAR DESCRIPTIONS I FEEL KIA HAS DEFECTIVE GLASS AND THIS SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED.. I VERY NEARLY LOST CONTROL OF MY CAR AT FREEWAY SPEEDS.

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