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Kia Recalls 260K Optima Sedans Over Ceiling Plates That Can Detach and Hit Drivers

The recall covers certain 2012 and 2013 Optima sedans.

Getty Images A Kia Optima Limited is pictured at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, Illinois, on Feb. 8, 2012.

Kia is recalling nearly 260,000 older midsize cars in the U.S. because plates in the ceiling can come loose if the side curtain air bags inflate in a crash.

The recall covers certain 2012 and 2013 Optima sedans. The automaker says headliner pates on both sides of the cars may not be secured properly and could detach and hit drivers or passengers.

Kia says it has one report of a driver being hurt in a 2012 Optima.

Kia says in documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will put industrial-grade tape over the plates to help secure them. Notification letters will be sent Sept. 26.

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