Some Kia Optimas Are Recalled Because Automatic Braking Could Fail

Patrick Olsen

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Kia is recalling 11,423 of its 2019 Optima sedans because the software for forward collision warning (FCW) may prevent the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system from engaging when  FCW senses a potential collision with a stationary vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The action applies only to 2019 Optimas with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, NHTSA says.

Kia says it's not aware of any reports of injuries or crashes related to this problem. 

The Details

Vehicles involved: 11,423 2019 Kia Optima sedans built from May 21, 2018, through May 29, 2019.

The problem: Software for forward collision warning (FCW) may prevent the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system from engaging as expected when FCW senses a potential collision with a stationary vehicle.

The fix: Dealers will update the FCW software at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542. The recall is expected to begin Aug. 27, 2019. Kia's number for this recall is SC179.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V539

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.



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