NHTSA probing 2006 Honda CR-V, 2007 Kia Optima over safety concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two separate cases involving the Honda CR-V and Kia Optima.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced it has two separate safety probes involving the Honda CR-V and the Kia Optima.

The first investigation, involving the 2006 Honda CR-V, is due to an electrical issue. The NHTSA is investigating complaints that the vehicle's master power window switch is defective, causing the melting or burning or related electrical wiring components. The NHTSA has only received three complaints about the issue, but all of them have involved a vehicle fire.

If a recall is issued, it could include 150,000 2006 CR-V models.

In a separate investigation, the NHTSA is looking into complaints involving the 2007 Kia Optima. The complaints allege that the vehicle's automatic transmission cable can become detached, preventing the car from engaging any gears. Three complaints have been filed, with one involving "a rollaway incident after parking the vehicle."

Kia previously issues a technical service bulletin for the 2006-07 Optima for a similar problem, but no recall was ever issued. If the most recent investigation necessitates a recall, 41,000 vehicles could be involved.