Recall List for the 2003 Kia Optima

Official recalls have been issued for the 2003 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. 2003 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 »


    • Date Announced: APRIL 12, 2004
    • Vehicles Affected: 25,803

    Summary: Some passenger vehicles may contain a fuel tank assembly valve that may not close properly. If a vehicle with a fuel tank assembly valve that is not properly closed were to roll over, fuel spillage may occur.

    Consequence: Fuel spillage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

    Actions: Dealers will install an additional fuel tank assembly valve. Owner notification began June 25, 2004. Owners should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #04V180000 »

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