The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2012 Kia Sportage, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Scope and Timeliness

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ17003

    • Status:
      PENDING
    • Date Opened: May 18, 2017
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Engine

    Summary: On March 31, 2017, Kia Motors America (Kia) filed a Defect Information Report (DIR) recalling 618,160 MY 2011-2014 Optima, MY 2012-2014 Sorento, and MY 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles with "Theta II" engines (Recall No. 17V-224)."Theta II" engines are a family of engines used by both Kia and Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai). Kia's DIR described the defect as an issue involving manufacturing debris as well as a machining process causing an uneven surface roughness which could restrict oil flow within the engine. Previously, on September 10, 2015, Hyundai filed a DIR recalling certain vehicles containing engines from the shared "Theta II" engine family, describing the defect as an issue involving manufacturing debris. Kia's March 31, 2017, DIR stated that Kia did not conduct a recall upon learning of Hyundai's September 2015 recall because Kia's "Theta II" engines were manufactured on a different production line and did not have the same manufacturing issue.This RQ is being opened to investigate both the timeliness and scope of Kia's "Theta II" engine recall, and Kia's compliance with reporting requirements.