Recall List for the 2001 Kia Optima

Official recalls have been issued for the 2001 Kia Optima by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.

Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local Kia service department immediately!

If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Kia customer service.

  1. 2001 Kia Optima SUSPENSION:FRONT NHTSA Campaign #09V183000

    • Date Announced: MAY 27, 2009
    • Vehicles Affected: 36,538

    Summary: Kia motors corporation (kmc) is recalling 36,538 model year 2001-2004 Optima vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Road salt applied in these states during the winter months may result in progressive, internal corrosion of the front subframe. Over time, such subframe corrosion near the connection to the lower control arm can lead to wheel misalignment and/or other noticeable stress in steering, or accelerated abnormal tire wear.

    Consequence: Corrosion of the front subframe could lead to separation, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Kmc will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall began on June 15, 2009. Owners may contact Kia's consumer assistance center at 1-800-333-4542. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #09V183000 »

  2. 2001 Kia Optima ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY NHTSA Campaign #03V067000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 04, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 11,501

    Summary: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5 and 2.7 liter V6 engines, the crankshaft position sensor (ckp) cases did not meet dimensional specifications.

    Consequence: Internal gaps within the cases allowed epoxy to contact the printed circuit board, which resulted in cracking of the circuit board capacitor. A damaged ckp capacitor could result in engine stalling.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the ckp. Owner notification began March 28, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V067000 »

  3. 2001 Kia Optima AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW NHTSA Campaign #01V156000

    • Date Announced: MAY 01, 2001
    • Vehicles Affected: 16,231

    Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles. The side air bag wire harness for the driver position could be mis-routed, which could result in it being pinched or cut by the seat cushion tilt mechanism.

    Consequence: Damage to the wire harness could result in the side air bag not deploying in an accident.

    Actions: Dealers will check for proper routing of the side air bag wire harness and secure it in place with a plastic tie-wrap. If the wire harness is damaged, it will be replaced. Owner notification is expected to begin during May 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #01V156000 »

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