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Kia recalls Optima Hybrids and Optima Plug-In Hybrids

The engine may become damaged, causing a stall or fire

Kia Optima hybrid vehicle
Photo source: Kia
Kia Motors America is recalling 10,731 model year 2017-2018 Optima Hybrids and Optima Plug-In Hybrids.

The connecting rod bearings inside the engine may wear prematurely, which can result in engine damage.

A damaged engine can increase the risk of a fire or can cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Dealers will inspect the engine. If bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced. Dealers will also install a software update containing a Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS).

Repairs will be performed free of charge.

Owners may contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC218.

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