KIA OPTIMA 2018 – HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM

Make : KIA Model : OPTIMA Year : 2018
Build Dates : 2016-08-25 – 2017-09-11
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 18V161000
Date Owner’s Notified: 2018-05-03 Date Received by ODI: 2018-03-08 Date Added to Database: 2018-03-12
Manufacturers Involved: Kia Motors America
Manufacturer’s Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number: SC162
Component: HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1710
Summary:
      Kia Motors America “Kia” is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Optima hybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device “VPD”, designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.
Consequence:
      If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle “EV” mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
      Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed Battery Management Systems “BMS” that contain Overvoltage Protection Devices “OPDs”, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC162.
Report Initiator: MFR V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number:
Notes:
      Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 ‘TTY 1-800-424-9153’, or go to www.safercar.gov.
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