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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,529 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.

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2006 Kia Optima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 112006

Optima 4-cyl

  • 5,500 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. The contact stated that he had to replace the headlights every six months since purchasing the vehicle new. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the dealer added an extra ground wire to the headlight assembly. However, the failure still occurred. The contact replaced the headlights again. The failure mileage was approximately 5,500. The current mileage was 65,983. Updated 8/9/10 the consumer stated the wires were too small which prevented amp flow, which caused the bulbs to burn. Updated 08/11/10

- Easley , SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 072007

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,558 miles
- the contact called regarding a 2006 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the contact's vehicle struck another vehicle at 5 mph, and the airbags did not deploy. The road conditions were icy. The contact stated the airbag light stayed on. He took the vehicle to a Kia dealer, and was told the airbag module would need to be replaced. The current and failure mileage were 7558. The consumer stated a ground wire was replaced. Updated 03/30/07.

- Joplin, MO, USA

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