Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 Optima mid size sedans to fix transmission problems. These cars were alleged to have rolled while they were still in park. The problem was pinned onto faulty shift cables. The recall actually affects 70,115 vehicles. However, there have been no reported injuries related to this defect, as said in a notice submitted by Kia to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration posted on Friday. But Kia has admitted that under “extraordinary circumstances” the cars could roll inadvertently.
The affected cars are from the 2006 to 2008 model years. These cars were actually built during the period from the 29th of September, 2005 to the 13th of June, 2007.
According to the reports filed by the Kia with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- On some of the cars, a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly
- This incorrectly installed cable can become detached from the shifter
- If the cable comes off, the car would continue to remain in the gear used last
- Even if the driver puts the transmission in park, the gear used last alone is active
- If the driver leaves the vehicle without engaging the parking brake, there is a possibility that the vehicle can roll
- This kind of unwarranted rolling can create the risk of a crash
According to Kia, it is planing to start the recall this March. Kia will notify owners by mail. Kia would advise the drivers to always use the parking brake when shifting the transmission into park. This precaution should be followed religiously till their vehicles are examined by dealers and corrective measures are applied.
Chrysler Issues Recalls 250,000 Vehicles to Fix Potential Engine Stalling
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling around 250,000 vehicles to fix potential engine stalling. The vehicles were built between August 2009 and June 2010.
According to the Chrysler Group LLC, the Auburn Hills, Michigan company, it will recall
- 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
- Chrysler Town & Country minivans
- 2010 Dodge Journey crossovers
These vehicles are recalled in the wake of reports concerning the ignition key. The ignition key could move while the car is being driven and cause the engine to shut off.
Chrysler says if the engine shuts off while driving, it could increase the risk of a crash. There have been 32 customer complaints and two rear-end crashes which have been reported. The recall is expected to begin in April.