Kia is recalling 11,423 of its 2019 Kia Optima sedans.
The vehicles were manufactured between May 21, 2018 and May 29, 2019, but the recall does not specify a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sequence for the defect.
The affected vehicles are equipped with the 1.6-liter turbo I4 or the 2.0-liter turbo I4.
The issue comes from Kia’s forward collision warning system, which includes automatic emergency braking.
The Korean automaker stated that a software error might cause the vehicle to ignore a stationary vehicle. If this happens, the driver may not get a warning and the car’s brakes may not be applied.
Kia discovered the problem on May 20th when the manufacturer’s supplier found the software error installed on Kia’s 2019 Optima models. Over the next 10 days, Kia began investigating and analyzing the issue and after two more weeks they were able to confirm the error. That’s when Kia decided to conduct a recall.
There are no records of complaints, warranty claims or accidents related to the problem.
To fix the software-based problem, dealers will apply a software patch to the vehicle and test the autobrake system. Kia has already applied this software patch to 2019 Optimas at the factory since May 30.
Starting in late August, owners of affected vehicles will receive recall notifications in the mail.
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