2003 KIA OPTIMA Recall - Recall ID 97320

2003 KIA OPTIMA Recall

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 09V183000 
Vehicle/Equipment Make: KIA 
Vehicle/Eqipment Model: OPTIMA 
Model Year: 2003 
Mfg Campaign Number: SC075 
Mfg Component Desc: SUSPENSION:FRONT 
Mfg Involved in Recall: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION 
Manufacture Dates: 10-06-00 through 11-19-03 
Type of Report: (V) Vehicle 
Potential # of Units Affected: 36,538 
Date Owner Notified by Mfg: 06-16-09 
Recall Initiated By: MFR 
Mfg Responsible for Recall: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION 
Report Recieved Date: 05-27-09 
Record Creation Date: 05-27-09 
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Defect Summary: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION (KMC) IS RECALLING 36,538 MODEL YEAR 2001-2004 OPTIMA VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ROAD SALT APPLIED IN THESE STATES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS MAY RESULT IN PROGRESSIVE, INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUBFRAME. OVER TIME, SUCH SUBFRAME CORROSION NEAR THE CONNECTION TO THE LOWER CONTROL ARM CAN LEAD TO WHEEL MISALIGNMENT AND/OR OTHER NOTICEABLE STRESS IN STEERING, OR ACCELERATED ABNORMAL TIRE WEAR. 
Consequence Summary: CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUBFRAME COULD LEAD TO SEPARATION, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH. 
Corrective Summary: KMC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 15, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA'S CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-333-4542. 
Notes: KMC'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NO. SC075.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> . 
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2003 KIA OPTIMA Recall - Recall ID 97320 for KIA OPTIMA SUSPENSION:FRONT

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