Two popular family vehicles are being investigated for potential defects that could lead to safety recalls.
The Detroit News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is studying whether transmissions in the 2007 Kia Optima, and the electrical systems in the 2006 Honda CR-V, have flaws that require a mandatory recall.
The NHTSA says 150,000 CR-Vs are included in its study. The agency has received three complaints that a power-window switch on the driver-side front door can melt or burn for unknown reasons.
In the Optima, some 41,000 sedans from the 2007 model year are being assessed for a potential problem with an automatic-transmission shift cable. The cables may have become detached in three examples, making it impossible to shift gears. Kia has issued service bulletins for the 2006 and 2007 Optima for similar reasons.
In both cases, the NHTSA must complete its studies before it determines whether a full recall is required.[Detroit News]