2012 KIA OPTIMA Latches Locks Linkages Trunk Lid Lock Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2012 KIA OPTIMA Latches Locks Linkages Trunk Lid Lock Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID1154760
 Internal NHTSA #10681253
 ManufacurerKia Motors America
 BrandKIA
 ModelOPTIMA
 Model Year2012
 File date18/06/14
 ComponentLATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:TRUNK LID:LOCK
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemThis started in june 2014 during the mid summer. The trunk would come open while just sitting there or come open while driving. So far no one has been hurt by it opening up while i have been driving but it could come open while i am driving and if i was to travel on the interstate at 70 mph and it was to open it could cause my back window to break or fly off and hit another car causing injuries. Last year during the night we had heavy rain the whole night and when i got up it was still raining hard and i noticed after going out the trunk was open wide. The mat in the trunk was soaking wet, back and front mats and inside where the tire goes had a little one 2 feet of water. I cannot give the dates for all of the time except 4 which was on 10-14-14 where ford kia had to remove the water and dry out parts. I was stuck with the bill in which i have the bill and in october 8, 17, 24 november 4,12,19,27. December 10,15. 18 22, 24. 31. January 2015 2, 8,15,17,18. I have contacted the dealership here about it and i was told there was nothing that could be done and i told them that the people that lived next door had a wireless key that they could open, turn on my lights inside and out and a couple that lived two doors down had a car and when they moved in that he could open his doors and such which would unlock my doors and turn on the lights and open the trunk and they said at the shop that the freq on my car cannot be changed. It seems that i got a car that many of the people can come and try their key and get inside and just push the button and take off. It happens during setting and driving so the speed i cannot state right.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure9987
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issuePORTABLE SAFETY COMPLAINT FORM (PDF)
 City and StateTULLAHOMA, TN
VIN pattern 5XXGN4A7XCGXXXXXX
 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 purchase18/11/19
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders0
Drive train typeFWD
Transmission type
 Vehicle speed0
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's name
 Dealer's telephone number
 Dealer's city
 Dealer's state code
 Dealer's ZIP code
  • 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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