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The 2019 Kia Optima Already Has A Serious Problem


Own a 2019 Kia Optima? You need to read this.

With its abundance of advanced standard tech including a driver attention monitor, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and a lane departure warning, the updated 2019 Kia Optima is one of the safest cars in its class.

Unfortunately, as cars become more high-tech, they’re also prone to software issues. That’s the case with specific examples of the Optima sedan, which are being recalled by Kia to fix a problem with the car’s forward-collision warning system.

Specifically, Kia’s recall affects 11,423 examples of the 2019 Kia Optima sedan built between May 21, 2018 and May 29, 2019. Some affected sedans are equipped with Kia's turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four while others use the 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine. Models equipped with Kia’s 2.4-liter inline-four engine don’t appear to be affected.

According to Kia, a software error in the forward collision warning system may cause affected Optimas to fail to detect stationary vehicles instead of warning the driver and applying the brakes if necessary. As a result, this could increase the risk of a crash if the brake assist fails.

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Kia was first made aware of the defect when a supplier identified a software error that might have been installed on Kia's 2019 Optimas. Kia then spent ten days investigating the error and then conducted duplication testing for another two weeks before issuing a recall. Luckily, Kia isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries that have occurred as a result of the issue.

Since this is purely a software issue, the problem can be easily rectified. Dealers will apply a software patch to affected cars free of charge that will ensure the autobrake system works as intended. 2019 Kia Optimas that left the factory since May 30 have already had the software patch installed. Kia will begin issuing recall notifications on August 27.