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Published on March 15th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Kia recalling about 70,000 Optima sedans over gearbox defect

Just a month since its Malaysian regional test drive was conducted, the latest Optima has been found to have no issues as yet but the previous Optima (pictured above) has a risk of a roll-away crash when the automatic transmission remains in gear after being shifted to park, Kia has issued a recall of about 70,000 Optima sedans from model years 2006 through 2008. Kia informed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of America that a cable connected to the Optima’s shifter assembly may not have been installed correctly and may become detached. If a cable is detached, it would prevent the transmission from being shifted. In a filing to the NHTSA on March 3, Kia said that if a driver shifts into park, the car could remain in gear and possibly roll away if the parking brake is not applied. Optimas with the potentially faulty cables were made from Sept. 25, 2005, through June 13, 2007.
According to Kia, there have been no real world safety incidents because of this issue. Kia owners in America are asked to bring their vehicles to Kia dealerships to be checked and if necessary, for their faulty cables to be replaced for free. Has there been any news of Naza Kia doing a recall here in Malaysia? 


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