SC218 Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire – 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid & Optima Plug-In Hybrid

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October 29, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V844000

Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire

A damaged engine can increase the risk of a fire or it can cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V844

Manufacturer Kia Motors America

Components ENGINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 10,731

 

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. The connecting rod bearings inside the engine may wear prematurely, which can result in engine damage.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect the engine. If bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced. Dealers will also install a software update containing a Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS). Repairs will be performed free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed November 29, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC218.

 

Notes

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.nhtsa.gov.

 

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SC218 (Rev 1, 01/24/2022)

ENGINE INSPECTION/REPLACEMENT AND KSDS S/W INSTALLATION (SC218)

This bulletin provides information to perform the Bearing Clearing Test (BCT) and, if necessary, replace the engine, and to update the Engine Control Unit (ECU) to install the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) software on 2017-2018MY Optima (JF P/HEV) equipped with Nu 2.0L GDI ULEV/SULEV engine, produced from June 27, 2016 through April 27, 2018. Follow the flowchart on page 2 to perform the BCT and install the KSDS software. In some cases, engine long block replacement may be required if the BCT results in a “No Pass” or “Unable to Perform” (ex. seized engine).

The KSDS detects vibrations indicating the onset of excessive connecting rod bearing wear. It is designed to alert the driver at an early stage of bearing wear before the occurrence of severe engine damage, including engine failure. If vibrations caused by bearing wear start to occur, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will blink continuously, and the vehicle will be placed in Limp Home Mode. This will reduce further damage to the engine and ensure that the vehicle occupants are not exposed to the risk of a more severe engine failure. At that time, Diagnostic Trouble Code (“DTC”) P1326, specific to the KSDS, will be recorded in the ECU. The vehicle can continue to be operated for a limited time in Limp Home Mode, but it will accelerate slowly and have a reduced maximum speed. Also, engine RPMs will be limited to approximately 1800-2000 RPM. Kia is requesting the completion of this bulletin on all affected vehicles. Before conducting the procedure, verify the vehicle is included in the list of affected VINs. Also, please have your KDS connected to the internet regularly to get the latest software updates available.

 


SC218A

UPDATED KSDS SOFTWARE INSTALLATION (SC218A)

This bulletin provides information to install the corrected and updated Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) software on certain 2017-2018MY Optima (JF P/HEV) equipped with Nu 2.0L GDI ULEV/SULEV engine, produced from June 27, 2016 through April 27, 2018, that already had the initial update performed under SC218.  Since Kia launched SC218 in November 2021, Kia has become aware that the original KSDS software version installed on the affected vehicles before January 25, 2022 has an error and requires the installation of a corrected and updated KSDS software.  These vehicles are identified under SC218A in the WEBDCS.

The KSDS detects vibrations indicating the onset of excessive connecting rod bearing wear. It is designed to alert the driver at an early stage of bearing wear before the occurrence of severe engine damage, including engine failure. If vibrations caused by bearing wear start to occur, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will blink continuously, and the vehicle will be placed in Limp Home Mode. This will reduce further damage to the engine and ensure that the vehicle occupants are not exposed to the risk of a more severe engine failure. At that time, Diagnostic Trouble Code (“DTC”) P1326, specific to the KSDS, will be recorded in the ECU. The vehicle can continue to be operated for a limited time in Limp Home Mode, but it will accelerate slowly and have a reduced maximum speed. Also, engine RPMs will be limited to approximately 1800-2000 RPM.

Kia is requesting the completion of this bulletin on all affected vehicles. Before conducting the procedure, verify the vehicle is included in the list of affected VINs. Also, please have your KDS connected to the internet regularly to get the latest software updates available.

 


SC218A – 2017-2018 MY OPTIMA HYBRID AND PLUG-IN HYBRID ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE
SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN
IMPORTANT UPDATE
Q & A
January 25, 2022

 

Q1. What type of campaign is Kia conducting?

Kia America, Inc., pursuant to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, is conducting a Safety Recall Campaign to inspect, test, and if necessary, replace the engine on 2017-2018 MY Kia Optima Hybrid (“HEV”) and Plug-In Hybrid (“PHEV”) vehicles.  At the completion of this recall, a Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) software was installed.  Since the installation of the KSDS software, Kia has become aware that the KSDS software in these vehicles has an error and requires the installation of a new corrected software.

 

Q2. What vehicles are affected by the recall?

All 2017-2018 MY Kia Optima Hybrid (“HEV”) vehicles manufactured from June 27, 2016 through November 21, 2017 and 2017-2018 MY Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid (“PHEV”) vehicles manufactured from August 25, 2016 through April 27, 2018.

 

Q3. How many customer vehicles are affected by this software error?

Approximately 2,800 vehicles are affected by this software error.

 

Q4. What is the concern with the KSDS Software currently installed in these vehicles?

As identified in the previous notice, the connecting rod bearing can become damaged for different reasons. If the connecting rod bearing becomes damaged, abnormal knocking noise from the engine and/or illumination of the oil pressure warning light can occur. If the vehicle continues to be driven in this condition, severe engine damage can occur, thereby increasing the risk of an engine stall and/or a fire due to a connecting rod puncturing the engine block allowing engine oil to leak onto a hot exhaust.  Kia is conducting this recall to mitigate any unreasonable risk due to engine damage.

Kia designed its KSDS software to:

1. Detect vibrations indicating the onset of excessive connecting rod bearing wear in the engine, and  2. Warn the driver, and

3. Initiate a limp home mode to both protect the engine while allowing limited operation of the vehicle at speeds up to 65 mph.

However, because of a software error, the KSDS software installed in these vehicles will not correctly detect the vibrations indicating the onset of excessive connecting rod bearing wear in the engine, thus preventing driver warning and the initiation of limp home mode.

 

Q5. Can you describe the fix?

Kia will install the corrected KSDS software that will prevent engine damage from potential excessive connecting rod bearing damage.

 

Q6. How will owners of the affected vehicles be notified?

Kia will notify owners of the affected vehicles by first class mail beginning on January 27, 2022 to return to the dealer to have the software update with the corrected version installed as quickly as possible.

 

Q7. What should vehicle owners do when they receive the notification?

Upon receipt of the important update letter, owners are to contact their authorized Kia dealer to arrange to have the corrected software installed on their vehicle.

 

Q8. How was the issue discovered?

Through the regular monitoring of field information.

 

Q9. Will this cost vehicle owners any money?

No. Kia will install the corrected and updated KSDS software at no cost to the customer.  In addition, if the installation of the updated KSDS software is completed by APRIL 15, 2022, Kia will provide the customer with a complimentary Lube, Oil, Filter (LOF) change which can be utilized at their next regularly scheduled maintenance interval for the inconvenience of having to return to the dealership for this additional service.

 

Q10. What about customers who may have already paid to have this situation corrected?

If the customer has incurred expense to remedy this issue prior to the date of this notice, the customer may have the opportunity to obtain reimbursement for that expense.  Customers may submit their receipts online to Kia via the Owners section (Contact Kia) of www.kia.com OR mail their documentation with the completed Request for Reimbursement Form included with this letter directly to Kia for review and consideration at the following address:

Consumer Assistance Center
Kia America, Inc.
P.O. Box 52410
Irvine, CA  92619-2410
1-800-333-4542

 

Q11. How long will the inspection and repair take?

The actual time required to perform the software update will be approximately 1 hour.  However, the vehicle may be needed longer.  It is recommended that owners schedule a service appointment to minimize inconvenience.  Owners can also contact their authorized Kia dealer for an exact estimate of how long they may need the vehicle.  (Most Kia dealers have online appointment scheduling via their dealership websites to maximize convenience.)

 

Q12. Are there any restrictions on an owner’s eligibility?

No.

 

Q13. If a customer has an immediate question, where can they get further information?

The customer can contact their local authorized Kia dealership or call Kia’s Consumer Assistance Center at 1-800333-4KIA (4542), Monday through Friday, 5 AM to 6 PM Pacific Time, or via the internet at www.kia.com (Owner’s Section).

 


2017-2018MY Optima Hybrid (HEV) & Optima Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
Engine Compartment Fire
Basis of Safety Recall Determination 573.6(c)(6)

 

August 25, 2021

Kia Corporation (Kia HQ) informs Kia North America (Kia NA) Safety Office that Hyundai Motor America identified some engine hole in block (HIB) fires in some Hyundai vehicles equipped with 2.0L Nu GDI engines produced at Hyundai engine plant in Korea.

 

September 7—September 29, 2021

Kia NA Safety Office conducts review of its field data for 2017-2020MY Optima HEV/PHEV vehicles equipped with 2.0L Nu GDI engines for fire related incidents due to hole in block (HIB) and identifies HIB fires in five (5) 2017MY Optima and one (1) 2018MY Optima vehicles. Kia NA Safety Office conducts further evaluation of the 6 fire incidents. Evaluation reveals all 6 fire incident vehicles show maintenance gaps exceeding Kia’s oil change recommendation schedule. Kia NA Safety Office concludes existence of a direct correlation between insufficient oil maintenance and subsequent HIB fire incidents. Kia HQ also searched for any engine manufacturing or design changes that may contribute to HIB fires and confirmed there were none. Kia NA Safety Office contacts NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) at end of September to schedule a meeting to discuss its field data evaluation results.

 

October 6, 2021

Kia NA Safety Office presents its engine fire field data analysis and proposed field action plan to ODI. During meeting ODI requests additional information pertaining to HIB incidents without fire.

 

October 14, 2021

Kia NA Safety Office submits its analysis of the requested HIB incidents without fire to ODI.

 

October 22, 2021

ODI presents its analysis and requests Kia conduct a safety recall for the 2017-2018MY Optima HEV/PHEV based on vehicle field performance. Kia NA Safety Office confirms ODI’s safety recall request is not based on a design or manufacturing defect. Kia NA Safety Office advises ODI it will take ODI’s request under consideration.

 

October 25, 2021

Kia NA decides to conduct safety recall as a preventative measure to mitigate unreasonable fire risk due to engine damage. No fatalities, injuries, or crashes. Six (6) HIB fires.

 


4 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
KIA OPTIMA HYBRID 2017-2018
KIA OPTIMA PHEV 2017-2018

 


20 Associated Documents

ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V844-7043.pdf 248.027KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V844-6228.pdf 714.2KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – January 25, 2022

RCMN-21V844-6199.pdf 89.044KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – January 25, 2022

RCMN-21V844-3511.pdf 86.781KB

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SC218A 2017-2018 MY OPTIMA HYBRID AND PLUG-IN HYBRID ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN IMPORTANT UPDATE, Q & A: January 25, 2022

RMISC-21V844-2531.pdf 93.342KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V844-5683.pdf 1559.647KB

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-21V844-2130.PDF 214.299KB

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Chronology

RMISC-21V844-0240.pdf 80.714KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – ALL DEALER PARTS & SERVICE MANAGERS: November 22, 2021

RCMN-21V844-7257.pdf 87.948KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – ALL DEALER PRINCIPALS: November 22, 2021

RCMN-21V844-0782.pdf 111.149KB

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SC218 2017-2018 MY OPTIMA HYBRID AND PLUG-IN HYBRID ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE, SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN Q & A: November 22, 2021

RMISC-21V844-3752.pdf 118.091KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V844-6677.pdf 646.195KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V844-3144.PDF 214.186KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V844-2516.pdf 1577.345KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-4

RCLQRT-21V844-7465.PDF 211.142KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577) – January 27, 2022

RCONL-21V844-0040.pdf 254.655KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V844-3883.pdf 1560.022KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2022-1

RCLQRT-21V844-3915.PDF 211.248KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2022-2

RCLQRT-21V844-1436.PDF 211.34KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2022-3

RCLQRT-21V844-0631.PDF 211.45KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=21V844&docType=RCL

 


1 Associated Investigation

Non-crash Vehicle Fires
NHTSA ID: PE19004
Dated opened: March 29, 2019

In a letter dated June 11, 2018, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to initiate a safety defect investigation into non-collision related fires on model year (MY) 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe vehicles. In a letter dated July 24, 2018, CAS requested that MY 2010-2015 Kia Soul vehicles be added to the petition. CAS stated that there is a higher number of complaints to NHTSA regarding non-crash fires on these vehicles compared to other similar vehicles. The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) had already opened a Recall Query (RQ17-003) on all Kia vehicles equipped with Theta II engines for engine failures that may cause stalling and fires. The query covers most of the petition subject Optima and Sorento vehicles but not any of the subject Soul vehicles.

On August 21, 2018, ODI opened a Defect Petition (DP18-003) to evaluate whether to grant or deny the CAS petition. ODI sent Information Request letters to Kia (September and October 2018) requesting information on all engine and non-engine related fires in the petition Kia vehicles. ODI performed extensive analysis on the information obtained from Kia. During the DP18-003 analysis, Kia initiated three additional safety recalls related to engine compartment fires on certain petitioned and non-petitioned vehicles (nearly 500,000 total vehicles: Recalls 18V-907, 19V-101, and 19V-120). Based on ODI’s review of the applicable materials, including responses to Information Requests sent to multiple manufacturers, Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (VOQ), and Early Warning Data, NHTSA has decided to grant the petition.

The petition is hereby granted. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of alleged defects relating to non-collision vehicle fires in the 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, and 2010-2015 Kia Soul. While prior recalls of vehicles covered by this PE have primarily related to engine fires, NHTSA’s Preliminary Evaluation is not limited to engine components and may cover additional vehicle systems or components as well.

Attached is a list of the reference numbers for the 244 VOQs cited above.

 


 

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Device Manufacturers API DLL Firmware
CarDAQ Plus SC218 Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire - 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid & Optima Plug-In Hybrid | small light Drew Technologies Inc. 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
ES6510 Vetronix Corporation 4.04 12.00 12.00
Sun PassThru Pro Snap-on Diagnostics 4.04 02.07u 02.07u
PassThru+ XS I+ME Actia GmbH 4.04 02.07u 02.07u
OTTOTEST-VCI OTTO 4.04 1.04 1.34
iFlash Blue Streak 4.04 1.04 1.34
PASS THRU PRO II Snap-on Diagnostics 4.04 1.9.24 1.9.24
AEZ Flasher AE Tools 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
VSI-2534 Dearborn Tech 4.04 2.05.26 2.05.26
Flasher Pro Bosch 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
Flash2 Cardone 4.04 2.06.28.2 2.06.28.2
PX3 Dearborn Tech 4.04 1.00.09 1.00.09
CARDAQ-M SC218 Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire - 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid & Optima Plug-In Hybrid | small light Drew Technologies Inc. 4.04 1.0.106 1.0.106
Universal Reprogrammer II EASE Diagnostics 4.04 1.9.28 1.9.28
G-Scan2 SC218 Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire - 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid & Optima Plug-In Hybrid | small light GIT 4.04 3.1 9.03

* API, DLL and Firmware version may be controlled by the device manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer if you are unable to find the version listed above All devices were tested/verified on all Hyundai engine management systems.

 

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SC218 Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire - 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid & Optima Plug-In Hybrid | small light Drew Tech Mongoose Pro USB to CAN ISO9141 Interface
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SC218 Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire - 2017-2018 Kia Optima Hybrid & Optima Plug-In Hybrid | small light GODIAG J2534

 


 

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  • 🚗【40 Service for 150+ brands】Same as the OE scanners like snap-on, maxisys ultra ms919 scanners, Autel MK908P II has strong service capability and can go deep into every part to perform matching and resetting functions. What is better than the OE tools is that 36 services are not just for one specific brand, but for over 150 makes, covering 99% of the models from 1996-2024. MK908P 2 also supports AutoAuth, and Renault SGW, so you don't have to worry about compatibility issues.
  • 🚗【All System Diagnosis & Comprehensive Report】Code reader MK908PRO II, same as elite ii pro, is a professional automotive diagnostic tool compatible with all systems diagnostics. It can diagnose all symptoms of faulty parts, including reading and clearing DTC. View a live data stream from every system. That real-time data means no delay in getting to work. Pre and post-scan reports keep your clients informed of the repair details and provide them with the evidence to settle insurance claims.
  • 🚗【Active Test Gives In-depth Knowledge of Cars】Unlike conventional mechanic scanners, escaner automotriz professional MS908S PRO II MK908P II allows users can get access to the vehicle subsystem and output commands to the related ECU, thus driving the actuators to perform a specific function and determining the integrity of the system or parts. Monitor the operation of the actuators for accurate diagnostics, such as switching a solenoid, relay, or switch, between two operating states.
Bestseller No. 6
Autel MaxiFlash VCI Kit Vehicle Communication Interface J2534 PassThru ECU Programming Device Bluetooth Connection Internet Update Support CAN FD 4 CAN Channels DoIP D-PDU Works with PC or Autel MS909
  • 👉The MaxiFlash VCI Kit, compatible with the MaxiSYS MS909 advanced diagnostic tablet, includes a bluetooth-enabled vehicle communication interface (VCI), a J2534-compliant pass-thru programming device. This VCI Kit also includes an Autel Main Cable V2.0, USB 2.0 cable, and AC/DC adapter. Includes one-year Warranty.
  • 👉Supports CAN FD, 4 CAN Channels and DoIP, Supports D-PDU, IS O22900-1 & ISO 22900-2 protocols and is RP1210 compliant. ompatible with the MaxiSYS MS909 diagnostic tablet.
  • 👉Can be used with a Windows computer with an applicable OE subscription for vehicle module programming and when connected to the MaxiSYS MS909 tablet for compatible for BMW and for Mercedes vehicle module programming.
  • 👉Use with windows PC for vehicle module programming, J2534-1 & J2534-2 compliant,Bluetooth-enabled communication interface.
  • 👉MaxiFlash VCI compatible with MaxiSYS MS909. It is a combination of VCI and vehicle communication tools to provide faster dual Wi-Fi vehicle and network communication. It is a PassThru programming interface device that complies with D-PDU, SAE J2534 and RP1210 standards. Support BT, WIFI and USB communication. Data can be transmitted with or without cable connections.

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