Driveshaft issue sees 2016 Kia Optima recalled

Small number of 2.4 litre Kia Optima cars recalled in Australia…

A total of just 41 Kia Optima cars sold recently in Australia are being recalled after a possible issue with a driveshaft was identified.

The recall affects only 2016 Kia Optima cars powered by the standard 2.4 GDI engine and sold between the 15th of October 2015 and the 23rd of April 2016.

Is your Kia Optima affected? Check your VIN here.

Being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the recall notice advises that due to a malfunction during manufacturing in the heat treatment tempering process, excessive residual stress may cause a crack and separation of the right front axle driveshaft.

What are the hazards?

The right front axle driveshaft may develop a crack in the area of the stub at the wheel end of the shaft.

When moving from a stopped position, the crack can lead to a separation of the shaft, causing a loud noise.

The vehicle would then lose motive power and in some cases, this may lead to an accident.

Kia Motors Australia will contact all affected owners by mail, requesting that they immediately contact their preferred Kia dealer to have the front right hand axle driveshaft replaced free of charge.

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