Kia Recalls 2006-2008 Optima Sedans for Bad Shift Cable

Using the parking brake prevents an Optima roll away.

KIA is recalling 2006-2008 model OPTIMA sedans because of an incorrectly installed shift cable that can fail, leaving the driver without the ability to change gears or shift into park even thought the gear shift will move there.

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.

More than 70,000 Optima mid-size sedans are potentially affected by a problem that could allow the vehicles to roll away. There have been no reported injuries due to the safety defect.

KIA dealers will inspect the shift cable and reinstall it correctly if need be at no charge as is required by U.S. regulations.

Owner may contact KIA at 1-800-333-4542 about recall number SC088. 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

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