OEM Linking Pin: 2016 Kia Optima JF/JFA

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM linking pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently, we had a technical inquiry that asked for clarification on the difference between the 2016-present Kia Optima JF and the Optima JFA.

When searching on the Kia service site for vehicle specific information, using the VIN search is the best option. However, if the dropdown search must be used, there are two Optimas to choose from in the “model” dropdown. An Optima JF and an Optima JFA. Which one is applicable to the vehicle being repaired?

We reached out to Kia for clarification. Per our contact at Kia: “JF: Built in Korea and it is only for LX trim (base model), VIN starts with 'K.' JFA: Built in America (Georgia) and VIN starts with '5.'” This difference is important because it can affect part ordering and vehicle options, especially for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

For additional Kia information, check out the Kia OEM Information page.

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