Kia recalls nearly 320,000 Rios and Optimas

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The trunk emergency release may fail

Kia America is recalling 319,436 model year 2016-2017 Rios, model year 2016-2018 Optimas, and model year 2017-2018 Optima Hybrids & Optima Plug-in Hybrids.

The trunk latch base may crack, preventing the opening of the trunk from the inside.

A person inside the trunk compartment may become trapped, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

Dealers will replace the trunk latch base subassembly free of charge.

Owners will be notified by letter beginning October 19, 2023.

Owners may contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC278.

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