August 1, 2001
2001 Kia Optima Recalled
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting certain 2001
Kia Optima automobiles manufactured between October 2000 and March 2001.
On certain passenger vehicles, the side air bag
wire harness for the driver position for the driver position could be misrouted. This
could result in its being pinched or cut by the seat cushion tilt mechanism. Damage to the
wire harness could result in the side air bag not deploying in an accident.
16,231 vehicles are affected by this recall.
Dealers will check for proper routing of the side
air bag wire harness and secure it in place with a plastic tie-wrap. If the wire harness
is damaged, it will be replaced.
The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification began May 11, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a
reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.
[NHTSA Recall No. 01V156/Kia Recall
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when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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