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Engine bearing issue sparks Kia recalls

Engine bearing issue sparks Kia recalls

Recall for nearly 5,000 Kia Optimas, Sorentos

A possible engine fault has been identified in certain Kia Optima and Kia Sorento vehicles sold in Australia.

Being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the recall involves TF series Kia Optima cars (2011-2014) and XM series of the Kia Sorento SUV (2013).

Is your Kia affected? Check your VIN here.

The recall notice advises that machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.

What are the hazards?

A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a cyclic knocking noise from the engine and may also result in the illumination of the vehicle’s engine warning lamp and/or oil pressure warning lamp in the instrument panel.

If the warnings are ignored and the vehicle continues to be driven, the bearing may fail and the vehicle could stall while in motion, posing an accident hazard.

Engine bearing issue sparks Kia recallsKia Australia will write to all affected customers by direct mail and they are asked to they contact their nearest Kia Dealer to arrange an inspection and repair free of charge.

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