Toyota’s apparently aren’t the only cars suffering sticky accelerator pedals.
Kia has also released a technical service bulletin (TSB) asking dealers to check the pedals in all 2011 Optima models for noisy operation and/or an unsatisfactory pedal feel and responsiveness while driving. The TSB does not specifically mention whether any Optima’s accelerator pedals are slow to return to idle, but it asks technicians to test by pressing down on the pedals and rapidly releasing them 25 to 30 times. If the technicians find any “unsatisfactory feel,” noise, or responsiveness, Kia will replace the bottom-hinged pedal assemblies under warranty.
The TSB impacts Optimas built from October 16 to November 24, 2010.
Technical service bulletins are directives to dealer service departments about how to fix common problems. It differs from a recall in that consumers aren't notified, and the automaker is under no mandate from the government to perform the repair.
Whether this problem mirrors the problems Toyota has had with its accelerator pedals or not, one thing is sure: After the recall of millions of Toyotas to replace their accelerator pedals, American drivers are undoubtedly much more sensitive to any potential issues involving the pedals.