2002 KIA Optima

These recalls apply to the make, model, and year of your car – and should be fixed as soon as possible.

3 Recalls for 2002 KIA Optima

Recall Date Component Summary
May 27, 2009 SUSPENSION:FRONT

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION (KMC) IS RECALLING 36,538 MODEL YEAR 2001-2004 OPTIMA VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ROAD SALT APPLIED IN THESE STATES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS MAY RESULT IN PROGRESSIVE, INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUBFRAME. OVER TIME, SUCH SUBFRAME CORROSION NEAR THE CONNECTION TO THE LOWER CONTROL ARM CAN LEAD TO WHEEL MISALIGNMENT AND/OR OTHER NOTICEABLE STRESS IN STEERING, OR ACCELERATED ABNORMAL TIRE WEAR.

Remedy:

KMC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 15, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA’S CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-333-4542.

April 12, 2004 FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

SOME PASSENGER VEHICLES MAY CONTAIN A FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY VALVE THAT MAY NOT CLOSE PROPERLY. IF A VEHICLE WITH A FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY VALVE THAT IS NOT PROPERLY CLOSED WERE TO ROLL OVER, FUEL SPILLAGE MAY OCCUR.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY VALVE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JUNE 25, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.

March 4, 2003 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5 AND 2.7 LITER V6 ENGINES, THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR (CKP) CASES DID NOT MEET DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATIONS.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CKP. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 28, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.

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3 Complaints sent to the Center for Auto Safety for 2002 KIA Optima

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Date Component  
airbag
OTHER (identify in Problem Description Box)
electrical/battery

108 Complaints submitted to NHTSA for 2002 KIA Optima

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Date Component  
BACK OVER PREVENTION:WARNINGS:EXTERNAL/PEDESTRIAN ALERT | PARKING BRAKE
ODI Number: 10091556
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE-INACTIVE
ODI Number: 10103914
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE-INACTIVE
ODI Number: 10079670
STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY | STRUCTURE | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10899360
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10897840
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
ODI Number: 11390502
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11270423
STRUCTURE:BODY | SUSPENSION | WHEELS
ODI Number: 11267968
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11035830
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 10891838
SUSPENSION | WHEELS
ODI Number: 10883976
STRUCTURE | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10864683
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10846221
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10821768
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10780680
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10733372
ENGINE | FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10704103
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FRONT UNDERHOOD | ENGINE
ODI Number: 10703345
STRUCTURE:BODY | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10681654
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10650292
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10616047
STEERING | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10605793
STRUCTURE:BODY | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10587615
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10577438
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES | STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10572509
STEERING
ODI Number: 10564475
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10563976
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10553976
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10545763
POWER TRAIN | STEERING | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10543790
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10533885
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10513860
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10501247
FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10502049
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10496036
STEERING | SUSPENSION | WHEELS
ODI Number: 10482815
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 10479926
SUSPENSION | SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT
ODI Number: 10467009
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
ODI Number: 10461957
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10455801
STEERING | STRUCTURE:BODY | WHEELS
ODI Number: 10450151
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10415609
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10402512
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10395237
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10375002
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10376223
SUSPENSION:FRONT
ODI Number: 10363468
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10357031
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS | SUSPENSION:FRONT
ODI Number: 10350651
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
ODI Number: 10334480
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS | SUSPENSION:FRONT
ODI Number: 10293939
STRUCTURE | STRUCTURE:BODY | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10285001
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10282717
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE | STRUCTURE | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS | WHEELS
ODI Number: 10278252
STEERING | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10268634
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10263861
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10254710
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10257219
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10255394
AIR BAGS | EQUIPMENT | FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE | LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES | POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10251412
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10244891
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10237913
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10228888
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
ODI Number: 10218744
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
ODI Number: 10217039
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY
ODI Number: 10214873
EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER | POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10203843
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10194808
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY
ODI Number: 10191070
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING | ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
ODI Number: 10178058
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
ODI Number: 10174229
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10176264
SEAT BELTS
ODI Number: 10161036
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10162028
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
ODI Number: 10159356
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10159835
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10157073
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10157253
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
ODI Number: 10148761
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
ODI Number: 10147285
AIR BAGS | ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP | STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10130843
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10131554
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
ODI Number: 10124269
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE | POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10117343
PARKING BRAKE
ODI Number: 10115994
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10113241
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10112561
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:PADS | SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:ROTOR
ODI Number: 10109091
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:12V/24V/48V BATTERY | ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING | ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:INTERIOR/UNDER DASH | EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC. | EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS:SWITCH
ODI Number: 10105909
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
ODI Number: 10103914
BACK OVER PREVENTION:WARNINGS:EXTERNAL | PARKING BRAKE
ODI Number: 10091556
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10089331
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10090517
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:ROTOR
ODI Number: 10083065
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10080067
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
ODI Number: 10079670
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR | SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
ODI Number: 10075894
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:ROTOR
ODI Number: 10074935
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
ODI Number: 10074605
AIR BAGS | SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
ODI Number: 10070650
VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
ODI Number: 10066981
VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
ODI Number: 10062726
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10063181
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10048165
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP
ODI Number: 10036966
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC
ODI Number: 10028547
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 10011204
TIRES:TREAD/BELT
ODI Number: 8022081
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0 Investigations for 2002 KIA Optima

Date Opened Date Closed Component  
Manufacturers tell dealers about repairs for on your car. But they won’t tell you – unless you know to ask. Knowledge is power.

24 Service Alerts for 2002 KIA Optima

Date Description
April 4, 2016 350000 EQUIPMENT

TSB – USE OF AFTERMARKET USB CHARGING CABLES IN USB/12V PORTS – This article provides information regarding the use of USB ports and 12V power outlets to connect/charge mobile phones. Customers may experience issues with their head units th

Click to view a copy of the full alert on NHTSA's website (select "Manufacturer Communication")

April 4, 2016 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB – USE OF AFTERMARKET USB CHARGING CABLES IN USB/12V PORTS – This article provides information regarding the use of USB ports and 12V power outlets to connect/charge mobile phones. Customers may experience issues with their head units th

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September 13, 2021 120000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: INFORMATION FOR HEADLAMP CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar in the margin area. This b

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September 13, 2021 160000 STRUCTURE

TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN: INFORMATION FOR HEADLAMP CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE – This bulletin has been revised to include additional information. New/revised sections of this bulletin are indicated by a black bar in the margin area. This b

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April 4, 2016 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

TSB – USE OF AFTERMARKET USB CHARGING CABLES IN USB/12V PORTS – This article provides information regarding the use of USB ports and 12V power outlets to connect/charge mobile phones. Customers may experience issues with their head units th

Click to view a copy of the full alert on NHTSA's website (select "Manufacturer Communication")

March 2, 2018 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

PITSTOP – ENGINE COMPONENT RE-USE GUIDELINES – In general, parts and components removed during engine repairs should be considered serviceable, and should be thoroughly cleaned and transferred to the new engine.

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December 1, 2004 090000 FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER

ENHANCED DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR FOR P0446/P2422. *TT

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November 4, 2016 170000 LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners utilized in various Kia models are strictly intended for ?one time use?. Though not limited to the following, some examples are: axle shaft nuts with sta

Click to view a copy of the full alert on NHTSA's website (select "Manufacturer Communication")

November 4, 2016 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners utilized in various Kia models are strictly intended for ?one time use?. Though not limited to the following, some examples are: axle shaft nuts with sta

Click to view a copy of the full alert on NHTSA's website (select "Manufacturer Communication")

January 18, 2017 354000 EQUIPMENT:MECHANICAL

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners, which are designed to lock into place once fully attached, are utilized in various Kia models and are strictly intended for ?one time use.? Some example

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January 18, 2017 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

TSB: MANDATORY REPLACEMENT OF LOCKING/SECURITY HARDWARE – By design, certain fasteners, which are designed to lock into place once fully attached, are utilized in various Kia models and are strictly intended for ?one time use.? Some example

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November 1, 2007 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

THIS BULLETIN PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO AN ENGINE HESITATION OR THE ILLUMINATION OF THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) FOR P0123 (THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR / SWITCH (A) CIRCUIT HIGH INPUT). *NJ

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January 1, 2005 061110 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS

IMPROVED TIMING BELTS FOR THE KIA RIO AND OPTIMA. *TT

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May 1, 2010 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

KIA: INTERMITTENT MIL ON WITH NO FAULT CODE STORED; INFORMATION ABOUT DTC P1330. PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO CERTAIN VEHICLES. IN AFFECTED VEHICLES AN INTERMITTENT SHORT TO GROUND IN A CIRCUIT ONLY INTENDED FOR TESTING PURPOSES MAY C

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April 7, 2004 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

SERVICE MANAGER NOTIFICATION REGARDING ENGINE CONTROL MODULE REPROGRAM AND OXYGEN SENSOR REPLACEMENT. *TT

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April 7, 2004 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

DEALER PRINCIPAL NOTIFICATION REGARDING ENGINE CONTROL MODULE REPROGRAM AND OXYGEN SENSOR REPLACEMENT. *TT

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April 7, 2004 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR CAMPAIGN SC037 ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) REPROGRAM AND OXYGEN SENSOR REPLACEMENT. *TT

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April 12, 2004 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

OWNER NOTIFICATION REGARDING CAMPAIGN SC037 TO REPLACE THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) AND OXYGEN SENSOR. *TT

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March 1, 2004 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

A SERVICE CAMPAIGN FOR POSSIBLE O2 SENSOR MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ILLUMINATION. KIA WILL REPROGRAM THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) AND REPLACE THE OXYGEN SENSORS AS NEEDED. *TT

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May 1, 2003 061000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

OPTIMA CHARGING SYSTEM – V6 ENGINE. *TT

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August 28, 2008 053000 PARKING BRAKE:INDICATOR LIGHT

KIA: ALL MODELS. ARTICLE PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO THE IMPROVED DURABILITY OF BULB LIFE FOR REAR COMBINATION BULB; REAR STOP LAMP/TAIL LAMP BULB UTILIZED ON MULTIPLE KIA MODELS. *PE

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August 28, 2008 123000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS

KIA: ALL MODELS. ARTICLE PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO THE IMPROVED DURABILITY OF BULB LIFE FOR REAR COMBINATION BULB; REAR STOP LAMP/TAIL LAMP BULB UTILIZED ON MULTIPLE KIA MODELS. *PE

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August 28, 2008 125000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS

KIA: ALL MODELS. ARTICLE PROVIDES INFORMATION RELATING TO THE IMPROVED DURABILITY OF BULB LIFE FOR REAR COMBINATION BULB; REAR STOP LAMP/TAIL LAMP BULB UTILIZED ON MULTIPLE KIA MODELS. *PE

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September 1, 2007 141100 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

SUPPLEMENT RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS) WARNING LAMP ILLUMINATION FOR B1378 AND B1382. *NJ

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