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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,200 miles

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2012 Kia Optima lights problems

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2012 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 032015


  • 52,400 miles


Exiting hwy 71 East bound to woodward decreasing speed the vehicle in front of me had a car cut in front of her. I had a safe distance and slammed my brakes. My brakes did not grab as usual my car did not stop and I hit the vehicle in front of me. I truly believe my brake system failed. I will take my car into Kia when I get it back.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 072014


  • 80,000 miles
The interior overhead lights periodically come on and go off while operating our 2012 Optima. This occurs with the switch in both on and off position and the lightbulbs tend to become overheated.they do not respond to manual operation, but go off on their own and this malfunction repeats several times in a ten minute drive. Best-case scenario results in the bulbs burning out prematurely, but I believe there is a real chance of a more serious short-circuit and potential interior fire.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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