really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,000 miles

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problem #4

Jul 212019


  • 44,000 miles
While my significant other and I were driving down the highway our car began smoking from under the hood, then smoke began coming through the air vents inside the car; within seconds we seen flames coming out from under the hood and immediately evacuated the vehicle in heavy traffic with no where to pull over. Within minutes the entire car was engulfed in flames. There was no warning, our car was regularly maintained, there were no check engine lights or others displaying on the dash, no leaks or overheating to cause this.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 172019


  • 39,000 miles
While I was driving probably about 45 miles an hour or so my car started to shake really hard then it shut off. Once it shut off the low oil light came on along with the check engine light and the low battery light as well. After that the car went completely dead. I turned the key to the off position and then tiredness it back on with with no problem. For my car to shut off while driving on a major street causes major concerns. One what if it happens again and I get in an accident or cause an accident.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052017


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the air bag indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to weseloh Kia carlsbad (located at 5331 paseo del norte, carlsbad, ca 92008 at (760) 496-3131) where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side seat belt was defective and caused the light to remain illuminated. The voltage alternator assembly needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle inadvertently drifted to the right and left. The vehicle was then taken back to weseloh Kia carlsbad, but no diagnostic codes were found and the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. On several occasions, while attempting to drive, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 300.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 122017


  • 4,700 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Kia Optima. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The contact was able to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to jeff wyler Kia (located at 5815 dixie hwy, fairfield, oh 45014) where it was diagnosed, but the technician could not find a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that they would get back with the contact. The contact had not heard back from the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was 4,700.

- Hamilton, OH, USA