KIA Recall of Certain KIA Optima and Rondo Vehicles

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—January 20, 2012.

Summary: KIA Motors America, Inc. (KIA) is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 KIA Optima vehicles manufactured from September 29, 2005, through January 29, 2008, and model year 2007 and 2008 KIA Rondo vehicles manufactured from September 13, 2006, through March 21, 2008.  The clock spring contact assembly for the driver’s side air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) may become damaged through usage over time.  If the clock spring contact assembly becomes damaged, the driver’s air bag electrical circuit will experience a high resistance condition potentially causing the driver’s air bag to not deploy.

Consequence:  If the clock spring develops high resistance, in the event of a crash, the driver’s air bag will not deploy and will not be able to properly protect the driver, increasing the risk of injuries.

Remedy:  KIA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vehicle’s air bag clock spring contact assembly as necessary, free of charge.  The Safety Recall is expected to begin during March 2012. Owners may contact KIA Customer Assistance Center at 800-333-4542.

Notes:  KIA’s Recall Campaign Number is SC094.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or go to