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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,612 miles

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2002 Kia Optima suspension problems

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 312010


  • 109,834 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Kia Optima. While the vehicle was being serviced, the contact was informed that the front subframe had corroded. The contact called the manufacturer and referenced recall 09V183000 (suspension: Front) but was told that the vehicle was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 109,834.

- Wallops Island, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152010


  • 98,650 miles
I have a 2002 Kia Optima that the VIN is not one of the vehicles that is covered by your recall NHTSA campaign id number: 09V183000 which states "internal corrosion of the front subframe. Over time, such subframe corrosion near the connection to the lower control arm can lead to wheel misalignment and/or other noticeable stress in steering...". you have it listed as states with difficult winters and the use of road salt. I live in louisville, ky. Not one of the named states. But. I guarantee you that this same corrosion can be caused by the water coming from the air conditioner running directly onto these parts. The back side of subframe has rust holes in it. This recall needs to be expanded to any and all Kia Optimas that have the ac water running there due to manufacture design. I have pictures that I can send to you showing this corrosion. I tried to get it aligned at a Kia store and they said "lower control arm bracket on pass side is rusted and broken. Pass side wheel is pushed back and tires on front are angled." How was the 36,538 vehicles determined " was it from the state that the car was sold in "

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 272009


  • 123,353 miles
My son was driving our 2002 Kia Optima and wheel assembly fell off. The whole frame rusted from inside out causing the lower control arm to fall off.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

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