really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
300 miles

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2014 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 212014


  • 200 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Kia Optima. While driving, the front driver's seat fell back without warning. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to four different dealers, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but provided no assistance. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 200. The VIN was not provided.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022007

Optima 4-cyl

  • 700 miles
On our 2014 Optima LX model the passenger seat is adjusted to low to the floor board and my partner which is 61 years old and 4'10" is staring right at the dash cannot see over the top of dash and if air bag should deploy maybe very dangerous not to mention would like to see the outside world.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112014

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
2012-2014 Kia Optima and possibly other cars. Headrest position is very much incorrect. This is a safety issue that could lead to many people being paralyzed or killed as in a similar manor as happened to race car driver dale earnhardt. Here's a link to picture...which shows the aggressive angle and forward position of the headrest. images.dealer.com/evox/stills_0640/9259/9259_st0640_051.jpg the headrest is shown fully adjusted to it's rear position and as one can see it ends up pushing your head forward so your chin is in your chest and you can't drive because your looking at your feet. Thus your forced to drive sitting off the back of the seat which is extremely uncomfortable. You can adj the headrest to the full up position (out of the way) however in a collision, the top of the headrest would hit your head and the forces could snap your neck and kill you. Here's a quoted complaint on the internet... "is anyone having problems with their headrests? I can't seem to be able to sit without hitting my head on the rest. I have found one solution. I don't recommend this, but it is all I have found that works. I turn the head rest around." -------------------- turning the headrest around defeats the safety aspect of the headrest, however you can drive the car comfortably. Viewing the front and rear seats there is a dramatic difference between the two as one can see in the picture. The rear headrest are perfectly comfortable and properly designed. I've contacted Kia and was told that I was the first one to complain. Yea right... quoted complaint on the internet... I will be contacting Kia about this issue, but as they have failed to address previous concerns, I am not hopeful. ---------------- feel free to contact me at anytime for anything that may be needed or required to get this issue resolved.

- Altamonte Springs , FL, USA

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