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Faulty Shifter Warrants Kia Recall on 2006-08 Optima

Posted: Mar 11, 2011 10:43 a.m.

Can’t remember where you parked? If you’re a Kia Optima owner, it may not be your fault. “Kia Motors is recalling 70,000 Optima vehicles from the 2006 to 2008 model years over concerns some shift cables were improperly assembled, which could allow parked vehicles to roll away,” writes the Detroit News.

The issue affects Optimas equipped with an automatic transmission. “There is a possibility that the shift cable may have been installed incorrectly, causing tension in the cable. If present, this condition could cause the cable to detach from the shifter assembly's dowel pin preventing the transmission from being shifted,” reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “The shift lever can then be moved into the park (p) position while the vehicle's transmission is still in the last used gear before detachment.”

No injuries have been reported. “Kia plans to start the recall this month and will notify owners by mail,” writes NPR. Optima owners should also plan to use the parking brake when shifting into park, especially if the vehicle has yet to go in for service. Owners affected by the recall may also call Kia directly at 1-800-333-4542.

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