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Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire: Kia Recalls 73,000 Optimas for Leaking Fuel Hose

kia-optima-2014-front-three-quarter-oem 2014 Kia Optima | Manufacturer image

For owners of certain Kia Optima sedans, a malady in the form of a faulty low-pressure fuel hose once thought repaired has resurfaced almost two years to the day.

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Approximately 72,800 model-year 2013-14 Optimas are involved from the original population of more than 142,000 sedans that was recalled in late February 2020. At the time, the low-pressure fuel hose was susceptible to deterioration and cracking from heat in the engine compartment; this time, the hose may be damaged or missing heat-protective tape. In both instances, fuel could leak from the hose, increasing the risk of a fire.

Dealers will replace the hose for free to resolve the issue. Kia will begin notifying owners April 15, but those with further questions can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.

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