Kia Motors is recalling 70,000 Optima midsize sedans because of a defect with its transmission, according to news reports.
Kia said it is recalling 2006-2008 model sedans that were built from Sept. 29, 2005 to June 13, 2007. The recall stems from an issue with the transmission that could cause the cars to start, even when they are in park.
The defect could be because of a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly and can become detached from the shifter. If the cable becomes detached, the vehicle would stay in the last gear used even if the driver puts the transmission in park, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"If the driver leaves the vehicle without engaging the parking brake, there is a possibility that the vehicle can roll, creating the risk of a crash," Kia said.
As a North Charleston car accident attorney , I'm glad to hear that Kia was able to catch this recall before any personal injuries or car accidents occurred. I urge Kia owners to get their vehicles checked as soon as possible and always use the parking break until the issue is fixed.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled vehicle, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .