NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2001 Kia Optima

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2001 Kia Optima, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. POWER DOOR LOCK FAILURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA04030

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 04, 2004
    • Date Closed: November 07, 2005
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Latches/Locks/Linkages:Doors:Latch

    Summary: Investigation failed to disclose a malfunction with a clear and consistent pattern of compromise to motor vehicle safety.failure of the subject door locks may impede normal egress of a vehicle occupant but does not entrap the occupant.complaints and warranty data document the deficiencies of the door lock system, but these malfunctions have not been accompanied by a history of demonstrated safety related implications.details regarding this investigation are contained in the engineering analysis closing report.further expenditure of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding that a safety related defect does not exist.the Agency may take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA04030 »

  2. POWER DOOR LOCK FAILURE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE04050

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 07, 2004
    • Date Closed: November 04, 2004
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Latches/Locks/Linkages:Doors:Latch

    Summary: This PE disclosed that the subject vehicles have experienced incidents of the alleged defect in significant numbers.this PE has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA04-030) to facilitate a thorough review of the matter, including evaluation of the potential safety-related consequences.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE04050 »

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