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Kia Voluntary Recall Announced

    IRVINE, Calif., May 11 Kia today announced a voluntary
recall of 9,461 Optima mid-size sedans to re-route the wire harness for the
side airbag on the driver's seat.

    The Optimas are being recalled after Kia discovered that the wire harness
for the driver's side airbag might become damaged by the driver's seat
adjustment mechanism.  If the wire harness is damaged, the side airbag on the
driver's seat might not deploy in a collision or may deploy without a
collision.

    Optima owners are being asked by mail to bring their vehicle to a
Kia dealership so that the wire harness can be re-routed.  The procedure will
take less than an hour and will be done at no charge.