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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,250 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.

2008 Kia Optima steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 142014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


This is the 3rd to 4th time the car loosing power steering after driving thru a puddle at a low speed. We have taken this to our local mechanic two times with really no known cause. Mechanic replaced the belt but apparently this did not resolve this issue.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 172010


  • 34,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Optima. The contact stated the steering wheel would intermittently lock and the entire instrument cluster would illuminate. The vehicle was shut off and when restarting it resumed normal operation. The contact stated she had experienced the failure over a dozen times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer four different times but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised that without a proper diagnosis, they were unable to assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 34,500 and the current mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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