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Recall Central: 146,000 2006-2008 Kia Optimas, Rondos for Faulty Airbag Springs

Kia is recalling 145,755 Optima sedans from 2006-2008 and Rondo people movers from 2007-2008 for faulty clock spring assemblies in the driver airbags, which could cause the airbag to not deploy in a crash.

The Problem: Certain Optimas and Rondos may have a clock spring contact assembly that could become damaged over time and develop high resistance. If that happens, the spring could potentially cause the driver’s frontal airbag to not inflate on a collision. If the airbag does not inflate, the risky of bodily injury is increased and the driver will not be properly protected.

The Fix: Starting in March, Kia will contact owners of the recall, and dealers will replace the clock spring contact assembly if necessary for no cost. Kia can be contacted at 1-800-333-4542 regarding recall number SC094.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 145,755 vehicles are affected by the recall. 95,569 are 2006-2008 Kia Optima sedans produced between September 29, 2005 and January 29, 2008; the remaining 50,186 are 2007-2008 Kia Rondo people movers made between September 13, 2006 and March 21, 2008.

Source: NHTSA

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2007 Kia Optima

MSRP $16,355 LX (Manual) Sedan

0-60 MPH:

9.1 SECS

EPA MPG:

21 City / 31 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Good