Kia Optima Turbo to be recalled over battery issues

Kia says it will recall all the Optima SUVs it sells, beginning with the 2017 model year.

The recall includes all models with an engine-driven electric powertrain that can’t be switched to an electric motor.

Kia said it would start sending out the recall notices to customers Friday, and it expects to have the recall finished by Sept. 11.

The company said in a statement it was working to resolve all outstanding issues and to ensure its vehicles are available for sale to customers in a timely fashion.

Kias battery woes have been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks.

The automaker said in July that a defect in the lithium-ion battery pack of the Optimas compact sedan could lead to a crash, and a U.S. judge ruled last month that Kia’s admission that the defect was caused by a faulty component was not enough to prove negligence.

The lawsuit against Kia has not been resolved.

Kies spokesman Michael Jorgensen said the company had no immediate comment on the recall.