Kia Motor Company is recalling 618,160 vehicles due to premature bearing wear in the engine that if left unchecked could result in a collision because the engine may seize up and stall. The recall affects three models ranging going back as far as 2011:
- 2011 to 2014 Kia Optima
- 2012 to 2014 Kia Sorento
- 2011 to 2013 Kia Sportage
Kia Motor Company stated that machining errors made during the engine manufacturing process at their plants made cause premature bearing wear in the engine. In vehicles where this was the case, the engine could seize up and owners are at risk of a crash.
Notification of the problem is being sent to owners of the affected vehicles named above beginning on May 25, 2017. The company is asking its dealerships to inspect the engine assembly and replace parts as necessary at no cost to vehicle owners.
- Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542.
- The Kia recall number is SC147.
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