2006-2008 Kia Optima, 2007-2008 Rondo: Recall Alert

January 23, 2012

Kia is recalling certain 2006-2008 Optima mid-size sedans and 2007-2008 Rondo wagons over concerns about a potential airbag defect.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 145,755.

2008 Kia Rondo LX Base

2008 Kia Rondo LX Base

Documentation from Kia breaks out the numbers and production dates as follows: approximately 95,569 Optima sedans produced between September 29, 2005 and January 29, 2008 and approximately 50,186 Rondo wagons built between September 13, 2006 and March 21, 2008.

The problem

At issue is the clock spring contact assembly for the driver’s side airbag supplemental restraint system that may become damaged from usage over time. If it does become damaged, the electrical circuit on the driver’s airbag will experience a high resistance condition that may cause the driver’s airbag to fail to deploy in the event of a crash.

As TheCarConnection points out, this is the same issue that Hyundai, Kia’s sister company, had in a recent recall for the 2008 Santa Fe and Veracruz.

What Kia will do

Kia will notify owners of affected Optima and Rondo vehicles and dealers will replace the airbag clock spring assembly as necessary, free of charge. The Kia safety recall campaign, number SC094, is expected to begin during March 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2006-2008 Kia Optima and 2007-2008 Kia Rondo vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V014000.

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