Kia Optima Recall Due to Fire Risk

Published on April 27th, 2020

Kia is recalling 140,000 2013 and 2014 Optima sedans due to a fuel leak that could ultimately result in a fire. This is due to a faulty fuel hose that has the potential to deteriorate quickly and develop cracks, allowing for a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire. Drivers in affected vehicles may notice a gasoline smell.

The Theta II Engine

Vehicles involved in this recall are powered by different versions of the Theta II engine that is used in both Hyundai and Kia vehicles. It’s important to note that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating over 3,000 reports of fires in vehicles that have this engine, and all fires are unrelated to collisions.

Kia’s Response

The automaker is in the process of developing a fix for the problem and they are not aware of fires, accidents, or injuries as the result of this recall.

Contact Kia directly by calling 800-333-4542 or contact your Kia dealer directly. The automaker began contacting consumers on April 16, 2020. You can also visit the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s identification number to see if your car has been impacted.

Help from Lemon Law America

If you’re one of the drivers suffering because of this recall, please reach out to our team at Lemon Law America. We will evaluate your case and work hard to get you maximum compensation. Please reach out to us at 1-866-436-1657 for more information.

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