Kia Issues Recall for More Than 618,000 Optima, Sorento, and Sportage Vehicles

Premature bearing wear could lead to engine seizure, increasing the risk of a crash

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April 10, 2017

Kia Motor Company is recalling an estimated 618,160 model year 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento, and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles.

Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the vehicle's engine—which could result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners of the affected Optima, Sorento, and Sportage vehicles beginning on May 25, 2017. Local Kia dealers will then inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge.

Vehicle owners with further questions or concerns about this recall should contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542.

Kia's reference number for the recall is SC147.