2012 KIA OPTIMA Power Train Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2012 KIA OPTIMA Power Train Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID954426
 Internal NHTSA #10487840
 Model Year2012
 File date10/12/12
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemAfter warming up engine i drove onto the road and onto a freeway entrance ram a quarter mile from my home. While entering the freeway, the car "lost power", ie no throttle response, car would not go faster than 60 mph. Rpm was peaking over 3,000 rpm (higher than normal). I put the auto/manual floor-shift into manual and the dash showed 4th gear. I shifted back and forth between auto and manual with the same results several times, 4th gear, over 3,000 rpm, loss of power (no throttle response), max speed 60 mph. I nearly got rear ended, cars were dodging me. I was about to pull off the road and everything returned to normal. I read a similar report a few months ago from another "new" owner of an optima and the dealership "couldn't find" anything wrong. I now have read lots of warranty-denied horror stories with kia. This seems like a transmission problem. I imagine it could be a "computer problem" as there are lots of computers in these new cars. I can't find any tsb's listed for transmission related problems, but am wondering how many others have this "elusive" condition?
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure12620
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateSAN DIEGO, CA
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase14/07/20
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders0
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Transmission type
 Vehicle speed60
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 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
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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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