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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,750 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.

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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid accessories - interior problems

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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 172013

Optima Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 29,500 miles


Front driver seat feels like it rotates/slides upper rt corner about 3 inches from the side. Then lower lt side about the same 3 inches from side. 3 months fighting Kia for what I think is a safety repair. Still has not been resolved. I test drove another hybrid 5K less miles, that did not have the issue. The second issue is there is a dead zone that is random to reproduce for the dealer is tough. It occurs when stopped, highway speed, etc. Where you press the petal and nothing happens for about 4 seconds. Then you have full power by then it is too late. If you do not know this can occur it place you in a tough driving spot.

- Rochdale, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012012

Optima Hybrid

  • 50,000 miles
My vehicle don't start every time I tried to start it the electrical sit moves back and forward, I have to towed my car to the dealer for the third time, I am getting so frustrated that a new car has to be towed to the dealer because something its wrong, next month I will be out of warranty and then what I going to do? please some one need to check the problems with this new vehicle its a nightmare for the citizens. I can't believe I have to pay for 4 years a car the I cant even reliable on, I am a busy mother of 3 children and this problem it's causing me stress and anxiety. I pay monthly $600 dollars for a "new car" so I don't have to struggle for mechanical problems like with an (old car) but instead three times I had the this problem with my 2011 optima Kia. Please help me and help me god. ## VIN failed ##

- Miami, FL, USA

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