Kia recalls 70,000 Optimas for transmission defect

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 11 at 9:02 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 Optima midsize sedans to fix transmission problems that can cause the cars to roll even while they're in park.

The cars are from the 2006 through 2008 model years and were built from September of 2005 to June of 2007.

Kia says a cable can detach from the shifter assembly, and even though a driver puts the car in park, it would stay in the last gear that was used.

The company says the cars can roll if the driver doesn't use the parking brake.

Kia says in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that no injuries have been reported due to the problem.

The recall is expected to begin this month.

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