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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,040 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.

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2012 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 142012


  • 3,000 miles


The drive and passenger seats are to low in this car. Almost had an accident because my wife who is 5' tall cant sit higher than the sideview mirrors, and they block her view. I test drove the car when we bought it, so didn't sit to low for me being 6' tall. This is a serious safety issue.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #2

May 282012

Optima 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
The front passenger seat is as low as it can go and there is no adjustment to heighten the seat. The vehicle is not cheap and you would think that the passenger would be able to adjust the height of the seat. Passengers can slide down easily with this feature/option gone. Not all passengers are under 5'10 and this is not good.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 262011


  • 120 miles
Front passenger seat is mounted far too low in all 2011 and 2012 Kia Optima cars. A passenger will easily slip under the seat belt and could be seriously injured. Kia usa has been contacted and refuses to acknowledge this design defect, although it has been noted repeatedly by owners of these cars when posting on Kia Optima forums online.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

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