Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,906 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Kia Optima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012006

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,336 miles


2003 Kia Optima charging system indicator light illuminated. The consumer pulled off the freeway and onto a city street. The vehicle was turned off but could not be restarted. The consumer noticed the battery cables had melted.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052006

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,475 miles
: the contact stated while driving 60 mph the charging system's warning light illuminated. The vehicle stalled and was coasted off the road without incident. It was towed to the dealer where the cause of the problem was undetermined; however both battery cables were melted. There were no prior warning signals indicating a problem. The manufacturer has not been alerted.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

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