Family of four at risk of injury or worse in defective Optima!
OREGON -- Our brand new 2006.5 Kia Optima wouldn't accelerate again, (You press on the gas and it does nothing!) just as we were getting on I-5. It was rainy, hard to see, slick, and you put all those factors on I-5 in Salem, and you've got a potentially bad combination.
This isn't the fist time this has happened, by far, but with the way it was acting, and with the conditions outside, this time I was scared that something bad would happen. I kept imagining a big semi clipping us, or even just hitting us (me, my wife and two little girls) full on.
It was obviously a bad situation, a state trooper stopped to make sure we were okay and that we had help on the way.
The tow truck driver, as well as the sales guys at the dealership all said that there's obviously something wrong, and that Kia needs to "make this right".
So, the car is back in the shop, 5th time now, and we have a 2002 Kia Optima with over 57,000 miles and it drives better than our brand new one.
I want out of this car, and I don't want another Kia. I'm sure this is the one in a thousand cars that'd be bad, and the next one would be fine, but I don't like the way that Kia the manufacturer is treating me. Shows they have no concern for my safety (and my family's) or my satisfaction.
After hearing about our problem my neighbor says he "[doesn't] want to see it in the paper that you and your family was killed because of this stupid car."
Anyway, I don't intend to just let this go for one big reason among many others: They did nothing to fix and/or remedy the situation after it happened the most frequently and severely that it has ever happened. And for that very reason, my wife, Angela and I both feel like we're taking our lives in our hands every single time we put our two little girls in this car.
KIA needs to make this right before we have a headline like this "Family of 4 Dies in Crash Caused by Known Car Problem!" and they have a major lawsuit on their hands from our family.
You can view more on this problem on our blog at: optimaproblem.blogspot.com