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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,624 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 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 022012

Optima 4-cyl

  • 92,267 miles


After being lowered, the driver's side sun visor no longer can be returned to the up position and hangs in such a position as to obstruct the driver's vision. The sun visor has been little used and handled with care. It appears that the components of the sun visors are too fragile.

- Granville, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 012010

Optima 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The visor on the passenger side won't stay up. This was fixed about 30,000 miles ago under warranty. It seems like a safety issue. I have driven a half million miles in my life and never had a problem with a visor. It must be defective. My passengers all hit their heads on it when entering and exiting the car. I have to remember to keep reminding them. It also blocks the visibility when making right turns. If I ever will have to stop short, I'm sure my passenger will hit his head on the visor. The company claims they are not responsible for anything after the warranty is up, even though it is a safety issue. There appear to be other similar complaints so maybe a recall should be issued.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 012008

Optima 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
On my 2006.5 Kia Optima, on three separate occasions my sun visor mechanisms have broken internally, and would no longer remain in the up position, which has been a safety concern for me the passenger sun visor has broken at least once, and the driver side has broken at least twice. The first 2 times, the sun visor was replaced entirely under warranty. However, on the 3rd time, I was out of warranty and had to purchase and install a new one myself. (purchased online for $80 shipped from a dealer.) this dealer offers the new sun visor replacement for a fair price, due to repeated requests, but many other parts vendors, including dealers and salvage yards, charge over $100 for the visor, even if used and taken off a wrecked car, as they know it is a frequently needed repair. Fortunately, it was not difficult to remove and replace, and I was able to do the work myself.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #6

Jun 282011

Optima 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


I've a 2006.5 Kia Optima. This issue that I'd like to report is that the sun visors are defective on this vehicle. After doing research on the internet this is a known issue with this year, and others. My driver side sun visor has broken. It won't fold up, and it impairs my vision and distracts me while driving. It's a constant distraction while driving. I've called the dealership to see if this was a defect since I've never has a sun visor ever go back on any car that I've ever owned. And even the dealership has had various customers that called in to state the same issue with that year's model sun visors. They stated I'd have to bring it in, and it's going to cost me from $200+ to have it fixed. This isn't something that I should be fixing in the first place. It should last the expected lifecycle of the car. I bought this car brand new in 2006.5 and I had no prior problems with the visor fold up. It just stopped one day about a month ago. Still each day is a constant distraction, and irritates me while driving. This is for a 2006.5 Kia Optima - the defect is the sun visors.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #5

Jun 272010


  • 64,200 miles
The sun visor does not stay up. The sun visor on the driver side is vision impairment. The switch for the both seats does not work. The wheel bearing is bad. The tire pressure wheel sensor and the transmission speed adjustment sensor are bad on this 2006 Kia Optima, constantly bulbs for taillight blow.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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problem #4

May 102010


  • 71,651 miles
Door jam on right back door and sun visors on right passenger over view just drops down in the passenger or child view thats causes one to become fearful.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012009


  • 18,000 miles


Both sun visors would fall down while in the "up" position. Dealer replaced both free of charge under warranty.

- Lake St Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 012010


  • 30,000 miles
Both sun visors have failed working and will drop down in front of my face while I'm driving. I have never had an accident or misused them in any way. They just snapped upon opening. Many complains have been posted about this same problem on the internet and it's time someone steps up and reports this before an accident happens.

- Woodland, CA, 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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