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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,150 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.

2009 Kia Optima accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2009 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 282009


  • 5,300 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. While driving 25 mph during the day the instrument panel became difficult to read due to the lights. The contact was unable to read the speedometer, the clock, or the radio while driving. The contact stated that the instrument panel worked better at night since the back light was easier to read. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer who was unable to find a problem with instrument panel. The contact stated that the vehicle could cause a traffic failure in the event she was unaware of the speed the vehicle was traveling at the time. The failure mileage was 5,300.

- Oak Habor, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 082010


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the red warning lights, fuel level indicator, radio controls, clock, oil gauge, and temperature communication lights were difficult to read in day light. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the issue and was advised the vehicle was designed in that manner and were unable to provide a remedy. The contact stated at times, the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Georgetown , TX, USA

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