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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 3
Average Mileage:
34,200 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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2008 Kia Optima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 312015

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Police request for vehicle inspection of 2008 Kia Optima. The information is being provided by the detective of winchester police department in winchester tn...updated local law enforcement request for assistance with an alleged sudden unintended acceleration incident that resulted in multiple fatalities. The driver of the 2008 Kia Optima was traveling at a high speed in the area of 90 mph. The driver traveled down the turning lane and struck a 2003 Ford Windstar from the rear. The Ford Windstar was pushed across the intersection into a third vehicle which was stopped in the turning lane. The Kia Optima came to rest in the left hand lane. The driver stated the vehicle accelerated out of control and it could not be stopped. Upon further investigation, the speedometer was stuck at 93 mph and the RPM's were stuck at 4500. The ignition was stuck in the accessory position and the gear shift was in neutral.

- Winchester, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 102012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Optima. The contact was driving 65 mph when the brake was applied and the ABS system activated without warning. The failure caused the steering wheel to seize and the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was injured. The contact also sustained injuries to the right wrist. The vehicle was towed by the contact's insurance company and a police report was filed (austin police department case number: 1200904053). The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 302008


  • 2,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Optima. While driving approximately 25 mph in the rain on a highway and applying pressure to the brake pedal it locked up. The contact attempted to drive the vehicle to the emergency lane and was unsuccessful. He rear-ended the proceeding vehicle and caused a multi-vehicle traffic collision. The air bags did not deploy with the impact to the front of the vehicle. The "air bag" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained on until the engine was shut off. In addition, the seat belt shoulder harness straps were non-functional on the front passenger side. The police and ambulance arrived and a police report was filed. There was no personal injury. The vehicle sustained damages and was driven to his residence. The failure and current mileages were 2,600.

- Sunman, IN, USA

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