Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,340 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.

2013 Kia Optima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2013 Kia Optima:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152014


  • 30,000 miles


Shortly after getting onto the freeway on my way to work in the morning I heard a loud pop followed by what sounded like light rain hitting the car and the roar of the freeway. We quickly pulled the car to the side of the freeway and upon looking at the roof of the car there was a huge hole in the center of the car's sun roof with sharp shards of glass tilted towards the sky and large cracks extending from one side of the sunroof frame to the other. Conditions were raining, 7:30am and about 50 degrees F outside. The canvas screen was closed to catch the falling glass so no glass fell into the passenger compartment of the car. There were no injuries, and no debris or other cars in the area.

- Oakland , CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 192013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, a noise was emitted from the driver's side window. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the noise was normal. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 20. Updated 09-18-13 updated 09/27/2013

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 182012

Optima 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
This is not a safety problem. The carpet has worn through (threadbare) just in front of the driver seat. I asked the dealer about it and the rep told me it happens with drivers that are six feet tall. The spot that is worn is on a raised surface (cover?) of some sort. A redesign to place a heay duty carpet piece in that part of the carpet or redesign the removable floor mat to cover the spot so it wouldn't wear out the underlying carpet. What to do for repair"?"

- San Diego, CA, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

Not what you are looking for?