Last post on May 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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Kia Optima, Sedan
#7 of 10 Re: bad KIA sun visors [mickeyrom]
Nov 11, 2012 (2:52 pm)
I have no idea how it it happens but the visor rests at a lower position so that it blocks your view. I've never had this happen before in car and I have not idea why it happens, but I also have a faulty kia visor. It was fine for a few years and now won't raise up totally. I suppose there must be some sort of "spring" action that has loosened but I can't tell from looking at it what is causing the problem. Or the plastic "clasp" at the top rotates more than it should.
All I know is I can confirm the information the others have given above. I have the same issue. It is very frustrating.
#8 of 10 Re: bad KIA sun visors [lbeard]
Nov 11, 2012 (3:19 pm)
FWIW I had a similar problem with both sun visors on my 2007 Sonata, a cousin of the Optima, which I purchased used about 3 years ago. First the driver's visor had trouble staying up, and was replaced under warranty. Then the passenger visor did the same thing, and was replaced under warranty. I hope the replacements fare better than the original visors because the warranty has expired now. Other than that, however, and a power recliner switch that had to be replaced (also under warranty), the car has been very reliable.
#9 of 10 Both sun visors failed in the same week
Apr 04, 2013 (6:55 pm)
First my drivers side failed and would no longer stay up. I had to drive with one hand holding the wretched thing up. When I got home I used some clear packing tape to hold it up. Two days later the passenger side failed.
I looked to see if Kia would step up but they seem to be reluctant to do the right thing. The Hundai Sonoma has the same visors and Hundai has issued a Technical Bulletin and will replace them even off warranty. As any reputable company should for any product that is faulty like these are.
As it is a safety issue perhaps if everyone contacts Kia AND the government agency responsible for recalls.
#10 of 10 Both visors have failed on 2006.5
May 12, 2013 (3:13 pm)
First failed 55,000 miles. Second at 61,000. There's a plastic piece inside the visor that breaks. Kia says replacements about $250/ea. There's a video on YouTube on how to repair the Honda Civic visors that also failed (for less than $2.00). My brother did and worked fine on his Honda. Would same work on Kia?