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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,705 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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2009 Kia Optima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 052011

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles


When I brake to 20 mph my car jerks forward. I called the Kia consumer line and they told me that the problem hadn't been heard of.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 122011


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the anti-lock braking system failed and caused the contact to be involved in a crash. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repairs. The dealer confirmed that the anti-lock braking system had malfunctioned. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 12,200.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 032011


  • 28,116 miles
While driving on a normal day with out rain and good road conditions ESC starts blinking and keeps blinking and the speed keeps going down. Even after flooring the accelerator. This happened 3 times twice after replacing a brake switch that went faulty. Technician at the dealership says that he could not find any code on the vehicle recorded. Really worried of thinking if this happend when I go on to a free way.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

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