— Kia is recalling more than 1,700 model year 2017-2018 Optima Hybrid cars that could lose power because electricity to the electric motors disconnects.
Kia says the battery voltage protection device (VPD) should protect the high-voltage battery module by detecting swelling of the battery module, but Kia says it's possible the VPD switch can be activated by mistake.
This will cause the car to completely lose power to the wheels if the Optima is in electric vehicle (EV) mode. In addition to losing motive power, a driver will see an illuminated "Check Hybrid System" warning light.
Kia dealers have been told to remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed battery management systems containing new over-voltage protection devices. Dealers will also install new wiring harnesses.
The 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid recall will begin May 3, 2018, but owners with questions should contact the automaker at 800-333-4542.
The Kia Optima Hybrid recall number is SC162.