Vehicles Affected: Approximately 12,000 model-year 2016 Kia Optima sedans manufactured between Nov. 13, 2015, and April 23, 2016. Only vehicles equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are affected.
The Problem: The right front axle drive shaft may crack and fail, resulting in the vehicle being unable to move forward. Additionally, if the parking brake is not engaged before exiting the vehicle, the car could roll, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the front axle drive shaft for free.
What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Nov. 29. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
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