April 29, 2003
Kia Motors Has Recalled the 2001-2002 Optima
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the
Models: Kia Optima Year: 2001-2002
Number Potentially Involved: 11,501
Dates of Manufacture: September 2000 – August 2001
Defect: On certain vehicles equipped with 2.5 and 2.7-liter V6 engines, the
Crankshaft Position Sensor (CKP) cases did not meet dimensional
specifications. Internal gaps within the cases allowed epoxy to contact the
printed circuit board, which resulted in cracking of the circuit board
capacitor. A damaged CKP capacitor could result in engine stalling.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the CKP. The manufacturer has reported that
owner notification is expected to begin during April 2003. Owners may
contact Kia at 1-800-222-5500.
[NHTSA Recall No. 03V067].
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
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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