• Dec 10, 2010
2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery

That was quick. Kia has issued a service bulletin asking its dealers to check the operation of the accelerator pedal on all-new 2011 Optima models that are just now arriving at dealerships across the country. According to Consumer Reports, workers are to press and release the pedal 25 to 30 times to listen for noisy operation and anything that would indicate unsatisfactory pedal feel. If either problems surface, Kia will replace the pieces under warranty free of charge. As of right now, it's unclear whether sticking pedals instigated the service bulletin or some other fault prompted the Korean automaker to issue the service bulletin.

Keep in mind that a service bulletin differs from a recall in several ways; most notably, recalls are government mandated and require automakers to alert consumers. Service bulletins are voluntary and typically just go out to dealers. Since the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration isn't forcing Kia's hand, we're guessing that there isn't any danger to consumers. Models impacted by the bulletin were built between October 16th and November 24th of this year.



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[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      49W5,
      Why all the trolling? Nissan has ZERO to do with this KIA recall?

      How much does KIA pay you to divert attention away from the horrific safety problems happening with new KIA products?

      Does your boss think if you post something about Nissan, we will over look the huge problems going on at KIA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Invisible

      I see the paid by Honda ghost blogger Invisible is trolling again.

      You just can't stand to see all these daily recalls by your employer can you. It is driving you nuts.

      Why are you trolling AGAIN and trying to divert attention away from your company by draggin totally unrelated links and unrelated information into this thread. Autoblog has already removed your trolling threads earlier this week. Looks like the moderators need to get busy again.

      Can someone put a stop to this paid poster Invisible and his trolling ANti-HK propaganda?
      • 4 Years Ago
      to all the people still buying foreign cars: hey, Russian Roulette is a pretty fun game!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geese, and the Sorento has a recall for leaking rear brakes. Toyota’s presence in the auto industry is poisoning the rest of the automakers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you mean Canada Geese or Snow Geese?
        • 4 Years Ago
        HA! Ummm... Snow Geese.

        No, but seriously, I meant geese as in gease or geeze, however you want to spell it. My wife makes fun of me for doing that too.

        But for all the people who marked me down... That comment was meant to be sarcastic. Don't get your panties in a wad, you Toyota nut huggers. Next time I guess I will have to spell it out for you all like this [SARCASM!].
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog should just start a separate website to cover the safety related recalls plaguing Hyundai and KIA.

        Steering component failures.
        Brakes that don't work.
        Wiring harnesses that burst into flames.
        .
        .
        .
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does Toyota continue to use CTS Corporation made brake pedal assemblys? Apparently they are not up to the job, it may not be Toyota's manufacturing process, but it's still there fault for buying a faulty pedal assembly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is unbelievable.

      Can't these suppliers be held accountable at all for THEIR faulty product?
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, how do you imagine this would look like? Spank them or what? Car companies, especially those competing mainly with price tags, seek suppliers that are the cheapest, in order to reduce price or increase profit margin, but as we can judge from the amount of latest recalls they might have gone too far with that cost cuting ( Not only Kia).
        So the only way suppliers can "be help responsible" is cancelling contracts with them and that doesnt seem very profitable, at least in the short run
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better to address this in a few months rather than oh.. 5 years.

      I think these hall-effect electronic sensors are gonna be problems for everyone. Just like electric power steering. It's as if the technology was rushed to market, or reliability just wasn't thought of !!

      Like i say.... i'll keep my 90's car :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Kia is just not all they are cracked up to be. They were crappy long before Toyota's issues and scandals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BryanWJ3178

        Comment you are responding to? You STARTED with your OWN comment, guy.

        Yes, you are a troll. Nearly every single Hyundai/Kia article that is posted on AB you have to make an obnoxious comment about how they aren't quality vehicles eventhough you are wrong.

        You really think that Kia designed a pedal that binds? I think not. Kia doesn't design the actual pedal, they merely give the supplier specs for how long the pedal needs to be, shape, spring tension, etc. They don't design the actual unit that picks up the pedal travel and applications, that is an off the shelf product that the supplier already has designed.

        You don't know much about automotive manufacturing, or the automotive industry, do you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they just used the same faulty supplier as Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kia didn't manufacture the pedal, guy.

        Nice try at trolling though, like you do in EVERY SINGLE Hyundai and Kia article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Invisible

        What ? Are you m o ron?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh no I responded to the very first post in this article, thank you. And sorry, but I call it how i see it and give my OPINION because this is AMERICA. Don't like it? Don't read it, don't respond. The real "trolls" as you call it are the ones who respond trying to start something. Like you. Did I say Kia designed it? Nope. Didnt I just say they give the specs and APPROVE the pedal? Yes. Peace.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why don't yall read the comment I responded to before you go whining. Trolling? Really? We are still using that ancient term?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh and nightflight, does not matter who manufactured it. It was to Kia's specs and they approved it. Both are at fault. And if you read more than just Hyundai Kia articles, you would see me complain about my disappointing rattly interior in my 2010 F150.

        Monkaroo...my comment is not ridiculous, but truthful. Kia was absolute trash in the 90's and part of last decade.

        • 4 Years Ago
        First your comment is ridiculious.

        I've had service recalls on all the cars I've owned. Toyota, Ford, Nissan etc.

        Most of the time dealers don't even tell customers. They just fix the issue when they come in for regular service.

        I bet if you check the history on your vehicle you'll find some service recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see the paid by Hyundai /KIA ghost blogger 49W5 is trolling again.

        You just can't stand to see all these daily recalls by your employer can you. It is driving you nuts.

        Why are you trolling AGAIN and trying to divert attention away from your company by draggin totally unrelated links and unrelated information into this thread. Autoblog has already removed your trolling threads earlier this week. Looks like the moderators need to get busy again.

        Can someone put a stop to this paid poster 49W5 and his trolling?
        • 4 Years Ago
        49W5 , Does your boss at Hyundai / KIA know you are flinging insults? Do they pay for those too?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does anyone else think This could pass for a subaru?
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Korean car company making a cheap copy of another company's design......that would never happen...

        To be honest it looks more like a lexus or infinity to me, but still a copy of something else....only cheaply made.
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