really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,307 miles

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problem #7

Jul 122018


  • 145,000 miles
On 12 July 2018 at 0530 am I was driving down county road 26 mankato mn to pickup my semi as I was aproaching 3rd ave stop sign I applied the brakes pedal went to floor I went through intersection slammed into a boulder wall head on at an estimated speed of 40-45mph. Air bags did not deploy, seat belt tensioner broke, wont retract back into holder. After getting car towed can see that the air bag sensor was crushed but no deployment spent 2 days in hospital. Thankfully nothing broke just alot of bruising. Cannot figure out why brakes didnt work ended up using emergency brake to try slowing down impact.

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #6

Feb 022018


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. While the vehicle was being driven, the ESC warning indicator illuminated and remained lit. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 13V114000 (service brakes, hydraulic, exterior lighting); however the failure recurred. Smithtown Kia (726 middle country rd, St james, NY 11780, (631) 724-8008) was contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was also notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 252015


  • 55,498 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that smoke appeared from the ignition switch, which was located on a corner connected to the steering column and dashboard. The brakes failed to work when the failure occurred and the contact was unable to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure was not determined. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 55,498.

- Idianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Feb 172015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle violently jerked forward. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and a curb. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained injuries to the right foot that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) but the part was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

May 311991


  • miles
My anti lock brakes module or called ABS. I took the car to my mechanic and he said, the ABS should not have went out this soon. He also said the ABS is leaking brake fluid. This is a safety hazard. A ABS module should not leak brake, even if it is not working. If I have not went to my mechanic, I could have lost my brakes. I got it at Kia of bradley 1010 tighe dr, bradley, il 60914 (815) 932-1000. They want to charge around $2500 to replace when it is a defective part and safety hazard. My windows ice up on the inside in the winter. I took it to them, they told drill holes in my door seals. I have had nothing but problems with this dealership. Something needs to be done.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #2

May 172010

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 2,800 miles
The Sportage was garaged during a winter vacation. Upon return we found the brakes seized up. After getting them released, we took it to the dealer for service. There was corrosion so the rear brake rotors and pads were replaced on June 11, 2010. The same failure happened again in 2011, 2012 and in 2013 the seizure and corrosion are severe. This will lead to premature brake failure.

- Ogdensburg, NY, USA

problem #1

May 062013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 25,848 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the ESC off switch illuminated as the brake lights failed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the stop lamp switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number : 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 25,848.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA