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Recall 18V161000

Voltage Protection Device Activates While Driving And Decreases Vehicle Power

Recall Details

A voltage protection device (VPD) which is designed to protect the high voltage battery module may activate inadvertently, possibly depleting vehicle power when in electric vehicle (EV) mode. Dealers will remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed battery management systems that contain over-voltage protection devices free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The voltage protection device which acts to protect the high voltage battery module may activate inadvertently while driving. This could cause a lack of vehicle power when the vehicle is operating in electric vehicle (EV) mode, and would increase risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Kia must be performed by a Kia dealership. Kia will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in May, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Kia dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Kia recall number is SC162.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, March 08, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 08, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
1,710
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
18V161000
Component
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Summary
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Optima hybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device (VPD), designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.
Consequence
If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed Battery Management Systems (BMS) that contain Overvoltage Protection Devices (OPDs), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 3, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC162.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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