Recall for nearly 5,000 Kia Optimas, Sorentos
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).
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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.
Kia 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.