The NHTSA opened two investigations; one into electrical issues on the 2006 Honda CR-V, and the other into shifting issues in the 2007 Kia Optima. Both investigations were opened after only three complaints each; a surefire sign that the administration is opening more investigations in a more expedient manner.
The CR-V probe comes in light of reports of melting or burning in the master power window switch, all of which led to fires in the driver’s door. The Kia probe was opened due to complaints that the automatic transmission shift cable may detach from the assembly, rendering the gear shifter inoperable.
One of the Kia complaints reported involved a rollaway incident after parking the vehicle. In 2007, Kia issued a technical service memo warning of the potential problem. Kia said in a statement that it is not aware of any injuries thus far and is fully cooperating with the NHTSA.
– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Detroit News