Kia notifies dealers of sticky gas pedals on some 2011 Optima models

2011 Kia Optima

Kia has asked most of its United States dealers to inspect and fix a potential faulty accelerator pedal on the 2011 Kia Optima Sedan. Kia said that Optima’s produced between Oct. 16 and Nov. 24 could have sticky or unresponsive gas pedals due to a glitch with the spring designed to push the pedal back into position.

In a repair notice to dealers, Kia said that the accelerator pedal could be “noisy” or have “unsatisfactory … responsiveness while driving.”

Automakers use such notices to let dealers know of small repairs to potential problems when companies determine there is no need for a safety-related recall. Kia has only sold 135 units of the 2011 Optima sedan so for.

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Refresher: The base 2011 Kia Optima is powered by a 200 hp, 2.0L GDI turbo 4-cylinder. Buyers can opt for a 274-hp 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder turbo or wait for the 2.4L hybrid variant due out in early 2011. Sales begin fall 2010 with an estimated starting price of $18,995.

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– By: Omar Rana

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