2015 KIA OPTIMA Engine Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2015 KIA OPTIMA Engine Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID1445471
 Internal NHTSA #11071736
 ManufacurerKia Motors America
 Model Year2015
 File date14/02/17
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemThe car engine died one day when i was driving up a hill in heavy rain on a very busy two way street with four lanes across. We're lucky we weren't injured because other cars coming up behind us couldn't see that well in the rain. There was never any knocking or indication of anything wrong. It just died out of the blue. We took it to kia and they said the engine seized due to sludge. I had to get the engine rebuilt on my own dime ($3000 plus towing etc.) because kia refused to honor the warranty. The car was only about a year old at that point. They told me i had to give them all receipts showing oil changes etc. And even when i brought the receipts they said it wasn't enough and that it was my fault. Not to mention kia has already recalled this same engine in earlier models and it's the same engine (theta ii) that is in the huyundai sonata which was also recalled for seizing/sludge. It is pretty obvious this engine is faulty and kia needs to recall it but they aren't including this 2015 in the recall with the 2014, 2013 and 2012 models.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure35000
Number of Occurences0
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateSAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN pattern XXXXXX
 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 purchase09/07/20
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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