2011-2014 Kia Optima Steering Issue

14_Kia_Optima_ES_AS.jpg 2014 Kia Optima | photo by Evan Sears


The problem: When turning the steering wheel, it may feel like the wheel is sticking in different positions. This may be due to a software glitch in the steering control module or a faulty steering gear.

Vehicles affected by service bulletin:

  • 2011 Kia Optima
  • 2012 Kia Optima
  • 2013 Kia Optima
  • 2014 Kia Optima

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Corrective action: Dealers will either update the steering gear module software or replace the steering gear assembly.

Warranty info: This service is being performed free of charge under Kia’s new-vehicle or extended warranty, whichever applies.

What owners should do: Call your local dealer with your vehicle’s identification number to determine if it’s involved in this service bulletin. You can also call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236. Reference TSB No. CHA060.

Need to find a dealer for service? Go to Service & Repair to find a local dealer.

Editor’s note: This is only one of dozens of service bulletins issued each month by automakers. Please check your automaker’s website to see if your vehicle has any service bulletins pending.

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