Kia Motors Australia — 2016 KIA Optima 2.4 GDI
What are the defects?
Due to a malfunction during manufacturing in the heat treatment tempering process, excessive residual stress may cause a crack and separation of the right front axle driveshaft.
What are the hazards?
The right front axle driveshaft may develop a crack in the area of the stub at the wheel end of the shaft. When moving from a stopped position, the crack can lead to a separation of the shaft, causing a loud noise. The vehicle would then lose motive power and in some cases, this may lead to an accident.
What should consumers do?
Kia Motors Australia will contact all affected owners by mail, requesting that they immediately contact their preferred Kia dealer to have the front right hand axle driveshaft replaced free of charge.
Authorised Kia dealerships
- 15 October 2015 - 23 April 2016