Kia Motors Corp. announced a voluntary recall of Optimas from the 2006-2008 model years. The recall was initiated because of transmission problems. A shift cable may not have been installed correctly, potentially preventing the transmission from shifting. Over time, the cable may become detached from the shifter, which would allow the shift lever to move to park while the transmission remains in the same gear. If the driver exits the car without putting on the emergency break, the car may roll, potentially injuring people near the car or causing a crash.
The rolling away problem potentially affects more than 70,000 Optima sedans manufactured from September 2005 through June 2007.