Kia Models Recalled for Faulty Trunk Latch

Sept. 5, 2023
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall was launched to prevent a person inside the trunk from becoming trapped.

An estimated 320,000 KIAs are being recalled to fix a problem that may prevent the latches on the trunk from being opened from inside the vehicle.

According to CBS News Pittsburgh, "the recall covers the Optima midsize car from 2016 through 2018, Optima hybrids and plug-ins from 2017 and 2018, and the Rio small car from 2016 and 2017."

A statement from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall was launched to prevent a person inside the trunk from becoming trapped.

Owners will be notified by letter starting Oct. 19 and dealerships will replace the latch.

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