2012 KIA OPTIMA Engine Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2012 KIA OPTIMA Engine Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID1325760
 Internal NHTSA #10915661
 ManufacurerKia Motors America
 Model Year2012
 File date11/10/16
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemI was driving home from work at a speed of 45 mph when i heard some knocking. As i slowed to an intersection the noise stopped until i accelerated once again. Got back up to 40-45 mph and all the engine lights came on and the car stalled. I was able to coast to the side of the road i was on during rush hour. Not real safe! At which point the car started smoking and smelling like an electrical fire. I opened the hood and white smoke was pouring out. The vehicle was then towed to kia dealership and the service department was already closed. I called in the morning and asked about the electrical smell. He said is most likely a blown motor.??? He didn't look at the vehicle yet and told me it's a blown rod in the motor?? Later that day i stopped into the kia dealership to see if it was looked at yet. They told me it won't be looked at until tomorrow. He did say that he went out to see if it would start and said it didn't turn over and he can guarantee it's the blown rod. That's without a mechanic looking at it. Kia knows these engines are crap and is choosing to give people the run around. I am the original owner of the car and he first couldn't find me in the computer. That was the first thing i showed him when i walked in the door was my copy from the dealership. All of a sudden he found me in the system. He also said since i service the car's oil myself i have to provide all the records when i purchased oil and filters otherwise the 100k warranty would be void. We don't keep the receipts of all that for 4 years! It's factory defect just like the hyundai sonata's. This is obviously a known issue and it's sad that kia is putting the blame on the customers instead of taking responsibility for a factory defect. No car with 74k miles on it with proper maintenance should have the engine just blow! My 2005 suburban with 150k runs great! Thanks, jeff
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure74668
Number of Occurences0
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateMOKENA, IL
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?N
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase24/02/20
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders0
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 Vehicle speed45
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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