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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,160 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 lights problems

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2006 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 192006

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the headlight bulbs would constantly blow out. He has repeatedly changed the bulbs, but approximately 4-5 days later, the failure would recur. The failure has been ongoing for almost two years. The contact consulted the dealer, but he could not recall what they stated. The Kia manufacturer has not been notified. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 65,000 and failure mileage was approximately 1,000.

- Drew, MS, USA

problem #4

Sep 182007

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a Kia Optima and I called about a problem. It was that when you leave the headlight switch in auto on a darknight on low beam. And something was to walk out from the side of the road you hit the highbeam switch. And bang you crash because all your headlights go out and leave you in the dark it could happen and they do go out. My car is 2006 Optima. I have tried this on two Hyundai's one year older and the same year as my Kia both of them the headlights work fine can you make mine work like that? please george hurd, thankyou

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 132007

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. She stated that the she was unable to see more than two feet in front of her when the headlights are engaged. The dealer stated that the vehicle was designed that way. The current mileage was 3,500 and the failure mileage was unavailable.

- Lane, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 112007

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,300 miles
- the contact has a 2006 Kia Optima. The contact stated that at night while driving his vehicle at 25 - 35mph, he experiences an illumination problem with his left headlight. The contact stated that while the right headlight operating correctly, the left headlight casts a dark shadow, which hampers his ability to see. The contact also stated that this is not just a problem with his car, but with all of the Kia model cars. The contact also stated that he had spoken with Kia motors of America corporation on 01/11/2007 and was given a case number for his complaint (K1266127). Kia motors of America has admitted that the problem exists in all of the models and is uncorrectable, and that the vehicle meets federal standards, and therefore a recall is not in order. The contact stated that the vehicle must be taken out on a dark road and a left turn made to see the shadow from the headlights.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 052006

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds on dark country roads, the headlights were adjusted too low to see beyond 30 feet ahead. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, who determined the headlights were designed that way. Updated 11/14/2006 - there is a dark curtain that blocks half of the windshield. When driving with the low beams on there on a dark road the consumer could not see more than 30 feet in front of the vehicle due to the dark curtain. While driving in the city with ambient light the curtain is transparent. The dealer changed the headlight to brighter ones but that didn't help. Neither the manufacturer the dealer thought this was a problem.

- Trion, GA, USA

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