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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,360 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.

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid engine problems

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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 082015

Optima Hybrid

  • 38,581 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While parking into a parking space that faces a supermarket building, with my foot on the brake, the car suddendly accelerates at an unkown speed, while I am stepping harder on the brake, and the car is not responding crashing into a parking barrier pole finally making the car stop inches from the wall where people go in and out of the supermarket, I was screaming the whole time while being pushed rapidly at an unkown speed feeling helpless and scared, the car side aribags deployed on the right side of the vehicle making the vehicle all full of smoke inside. This is a complaint of a concerned victim for a fault that the Kia Optima hybrid has, so it can be addressed before people are hurt, or killed out there needlesly.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 292014

Optima Hybrid

  • 735 miles
While trying to park the car in the parking lot structure, the car accelerated beyond control on it's own and hit the wall head on. I was already in my parking spot and only few feet away when the car accelerated. The passenger air bag was deployed and body damage occurred. Everything happened so suddenly, I am not sure about the speed at the time of impact. Note: This complaint is a duplicate of 10620789. The following additional information is being provided to indicate a trend of similar sudden acceleration safety issues with the Kia hybrid optima. This is a request to initiate a safety investigation as there have been similar reports with Kia Optima hybrid and Kia optima. The following complaints are similar in nature: 10608382 for Kia Optima hybrid 2013, 10615352 for Kia Optima hybrid 2012, 10552403 for Kia Optima hybrid 2012, 10608739 for Kia optima 2014 and 10588733 for Kia optima 2013.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 292014

Optima Hybrid

  • 765 miles
While trying to park the car in the parking lot structure, the car accelerated beyond control on it's own and hit the wall head on. I was already in my parking spot and only few feet away when the car accelerated. The passenger air bag was deployed and body damage occurred. Everything happened so suddenly, I am not sure about the speed at the time of impact.

- Sunyvale, CA, USA

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