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Kia Optima 2009
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
Mar 21, 2011
Location:
Williamstown, NY

the first signs of any trouble with the vehicle started in february/march of 2011 when the shifting on the vehicle was erratic on takeoff and especially bad when the vehicle was slowing down, roughly shifting in and out of gear. it took two occasions to "fix" the issue even though a few weeks later the shifting appeared to subside it still had the occasional issue on take-off. the issue progressively got to the point when i lost total engine power while crossing lanes of traffic, almost getting hit. i stepped on the accelerator but no matter what i did i could not get the vehicles rpmâ??s above 1500 (about 5mph). took it to the dealership where they stated they "fixed the problem". returned to driving the vehicle until my wife had the same issue happen to her about 9 days later coming within inches of getting hit while turning into a business. took the vehicle back again and was told it was "fixed" two days later. started it up the day after it was returned and had the loss of power issue again. beside the power loss even the shifting continued to be rough and erratic. returned it yet again to the dealership and was told it was fixed. customer service did not take my safety concerns seriously. i am still unsure of the status of the vehicle and i am very concerned about the safety of this vehicle. i will find other means of transportation until this vehicle is returned. beware that the power loss can happen at any time creating very serious driving conditions that could lead to accident or injury. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 18970 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNAGE228595. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 20 mph.

Kia Optima 2008
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
June 04, 2010
Location:
Saugus, MA

tl* the contact owns a 2008 kia optima. the contact stated while driving 70 mph the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. the air bags did not deploy. a police report was filed and a fatality was reported. the vehicle was destroyed. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the vin was not available. the failure and current mileage was unknown. updated 06/12/12*lj the consumer stated a recall came in the mail on april 12. 2012. prior to the accident, there was a loud noise coming from under the hood. updated 06/13/12

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 1 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNAGE123485. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 01, 2010. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Kia OPTIMA 2008 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 70 mph. Dealer's name: Pride Kia . Dealer's city: Saugus . Dealer's state code: MA. Dealer's zipcode: 01906 .

Kia Rio 2006
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 11, 2012
Location:
Spanaway, WA

tl* the contact owns a 2006 kia rio. the contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. the vehicle was towed to the contact¿s home. a local mechanic inspected the vehicle and stated that the engine belt tensioner bent and caused the belt to separate from the engine. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileages were 65,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 65000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNADE163566. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 15 mph.

Kia Soul 2012
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 18, 2012
Location:
Milton, DE

car had an oil change and was washed then came home. car's front defroster was noted to be stuck on and white smoke started to billow out from under the hood. quick check under the car noted a flame that was either coming from the catalytic converter or reflecting in the exhaust from somewhere on the bottom/side of the engine. no fluids were shown to be leaking onto the driveway or were visible. car then rapidly went up in flames and was a complete loss. fire department had to put out. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 14250 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Kia Rio 2005
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 17, 2012
Location:
San Diego, CA

tl* the contact owns a 2005 kia rio. the contact stated that the driver was driving 20 mph when she attempted to slow down but the brakes failed. the vehicle coasted into an alley. while the vehicle was coasting, the contact smelled burning wires. smoke began to rise from the hood once the vehicle was stopped. the contact attempted to exit the vehicle, but was restrained by the seat belt and suffered neck and shoulder injuries. both the contact and the driver successfully exited the vehicle and noticed that sparks and flames were seen under the hood. the fire department was notified and extinguished the fire. the cause of the fire was unknown. the vehicle was towed to the dealer. the dealer advised the contact to tow the vehicle to an auction. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the failure mileage is unknown.

Vehicle was on fire. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNADC125756. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 20 mph.

Kia Soul 2011
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
Mar 14, 2012
Location:
Benson, AZ

tl* the contact owns a 2011 kia soul. the contact stated that the lifter in the engine caused a loud noise while driving 55 mph. the contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the dealer was unable to find a defect within the vehicle. in addition, the contact stated that the vehicle drove poorly. the failure mileage was 8,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 8000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2HJYK16256H. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 55 mph.

Kia Optima 2006
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 12, 2012
Location:
Fishers, IN

after a recent oil change, the car was running horribly, making a knocking sound. had an episode where the oil light was flashing on and off and the engine about died, so i had made an appointment for the vehicle to get checked for monday morning. the saturday before, while running errands, had the episode occur again, but this time, the engine locked up and it has been sitting at the dealership every since because although i have a manufacturer warranty, kia won't honor it with all my oil change receipts. i am frustrated, because i know others have had the same issue i have and haven't complained loud enough or whatever, but this is an issue with the engine, not me. no car should blow an engine at 62k. it's ridiculous. *js

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 62000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNAGE123965. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Kia OPTIMA 2006 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph.

Kia Sorento 2006
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 18, 2011
Location:
Perris, CA

at 60,000 miles took my 2006 sorento in for manufacturer's recommended service - change timing belt and new plugs, etc., never had a problem before then. got the suv back from mechanic and the following day, the belts came off, lost power, overheated. crank shaft bolt came loose. now at 82,290 miles, bolt broke, harmonic balancer came loose and chewed up the end of the crankshaft. $3200 fix. suv has been in shop for 5 weeks and will remain there for at least 5 more until i can get the money to fix it. kia should recall this model as well, they already recognized the problem in 2003 and 2004 models. i am a single mom, raising boys without the benefit of child support or any other help. kia should stand behind their workmanship!

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JD733065559. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph.

Kia Sportage 2011
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
Feb 06, 2012
Location:
Bryan, TX

i began having issues with my 2011 kia sportage not starting. at first i thought i didn't push the brake and push correctly. but this became more and more frequent as time went on. in april 2012, it didn't start 3 times in one day. i took it in to the dealer the next day and that morning it started for them to move it into their garage and it didn't start again for three weeks. the dealership nor tech support had any idea of what the problem was, so their next step was to begin replacing parts, first the fuse box under the dash, them several different computer parts. they ended replacing 5 different parts in the car before they got it started. when i asked what caused the problem, they said they didn't know and would be turning all the "replaced" parts over to the technical support dept to investigate the parts. i asked if they would let me know what the problem was when the tech folks completed their investigation. the service mgr told me that they would not ever be notified by kia tech about what caused the problem. i asked why, they said that kia just never tells them. so if the problem happens again, they have no way of identifying the issue for me or any other customer. i have no faith in kia motors nor their dealerships. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 7800 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Kia Sorento 2006
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
Mar 30, 2012
Location:
Stone Mountain, GA

tl* the contact owns a 2006 kia sorento. the contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without prior warning. the engine restarted after waiting a few moments. the failure occurred two times. the vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the problem. the approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 64000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNDJD733165. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 30 mph.

Kia Sedona 2008
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
June 11, 2012
Location:
Colorado Springs, CO

traveling at 70 mph, cruise control on, the car decelerated rapidly and lost ability to accelerate. check engine light illuminated. was able to pull off to shoulder. car was shut off and restarted, accelerator started to work but check engine light remained on. after driving another 50 miles the same thing happened. this is not the first time it has occurred, on this occasion we were able to safely pull over. on one occasion we were in kansas city rush hour traffic in the center lane, cars behind us came to a screeching stop to avoid hitting us. very scary situation! after the car is shut off and sits for a few hours the check engine light turns off when started. with no check engine light there is no error code to diagnose the problem. this is a problem that needs to be addressed by kia. i have read articles that state this was a problem on previous model years and they were recalled. *js

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 42300 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 70 mph.

Kia Optima 2007
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
June 15, 2012
Location:
Lucerne, CA

i came to a complete stop and proceeded to turn left when i noticed the check engine light came on and as i pulled over there i noticed a thick cloud of blue smoke out of my rear view mirror. i opened the hood and saw flames at the back of the engine around the transmission and airconditioner area of the car. flames continued until the interior began burning and windshield broke. *js

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 98000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 20 mph.

Kia Sorento 2013
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
June 20, 2012
Location:
Anchorage, AK

i test drove the vehicle which had only 5 miles on it and had not been test driven prior to me. i noticed a very slight vibration from 0mpg to 10mpg, and asked the sales associate if that was normal. he said it was fine and was nothing to be concerned about. i did not notice any further issues while idling at stop lights and did not notice the vibration again during the test drive. after i signed the financial papers at 11pm after the dealership had officially closed for the day and got into the car to drive home, i was sitting in the car while it idled and i was speaking to the sales associate when the car began to shake and the vibration was very noticeable. i immediately told the associate and he said to bring the car in to the service department the following day to have it inspected and said it was nothing to worry about. he said it's under warranty so it would be taken care of one way or another. we brought the car in the next day and the service man told my husband it was likely just that it needed to break-in since it only had a few miles on it. they ran tests on the car and everything checked out fine. the man suggested we take it for a long drive and put a couple hundred miles on it and see how it was running afterward. we did so and the problem did not get better. we brought it in the next day to be inspected again and the service men took it for a short drive to see if they could replicate the problem and they noted they did. our sales associate told us he looked into this vibration problem and found that kia was aware of the problem and were working on a fix for a computer chip that was affecting the 4 cylinder 2013 sorentos. he told us kia did not have a timeframe for fixing the problem but it should be soon, but this was a problem with all 4 cylinders that they are making. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 7 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5XYKTDA66DG. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Kia Optima 2012
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
June 12, 2012
Location:
Sacramento, CA

tl* the contact owns a 2012 kia optima hybrid. while driving approximately 10 mph the contact crashed into a curb, causing the front and rear driver side tires to deflate. the vehicle suddenly stalled. the check engine and actuator warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. the vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the approximate failure mileage was 970.

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 970 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNAGM4AD2C5. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 10 mph.

Kia Amanti 2004
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 29, 2012
Location:
North Fork, CA

i was slowing down to a red light and the check engine light came on and the car died. i turned the key so i could begin to try to start the vehicle and i noticed the rpm's start revving up and its trying to over-accelerate when i put it in drive. i managed to get it to a safe spot but i was 100% worried it was going to cause an accident or accelerate out of control. it sounds very if not exactly similar to a lot of the other complaints. no codes come up for this issue and it is serious. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 62000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNALD124545. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 25 mph.

Kia Optima 2006
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
July 03, 2012
Location:
Appleton, WI

2006 kia optima needed a new timing belt within the next few thousand + miles (needs to be changed every 60,000 miles or sooner), but one the crankshaft pulley just came off and then the belt came off a couple pulleys because of this. the belt actually looks fine, but the pulley failure caused the belt to come off. this belt runs several things so the initial loose pulley caused the car to lose power steering, battery light to turn on, the a/c failed, etc., and then the inner part of the pulley came off and the outer ring (magnetized) fell and stuck to part of the car frame that is actually metal. my wife made it to work while the belt had to still be on but loose, and it now sits in her parking spot at her job (hospital parking ramp). i will probably have it towed tomorrow. this could have easily led to an extremely dangerous situation if it happened on the highway. i found the outer part of the lower pulley laying above the car frame close to the engine. if the car drove after this, engine damage would be most likely. i will hopefully have it towed to the nearest kia dealership by tomorrow to see if i just need the pulley and belt or if the engine is damaged. this is unbelievable, because i found many people that had the same issue with the crankshaft pulley bolt breaking off and sometimes causing engine damage immediately afterward. as a consumer, i shouldn't have to go under the vehicle and tighten a factory tightened bolt every now and then. i hope that the newer bolts actually hold like a grade 8 american bolt, because that wouldn't fail. rubber can't break steel, and i can't believe this obvious oversight by kia hasn't been recalled or in a technical service bulletin!!!! *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 116039 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNAGD128565. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 50 mph.

Kia Sorento 2006
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
July 05, 2012
Location:
Canonsburg, PA

driving 65mph on turnpike heard a loud screeching noise brakes were hard to apply steering was difficult and dash board lite up pull to the side of the road and was towed to the nearest kia dealership to be told that crank shaft bolt broke. at 60000 miles we did the required maintenance to the tune of 663.65 and had the timing belt replaced. there was also a memo to the dealerships to replace the bolt when replacing the timing belt. according to my itemized statement the bolt was not replaced. i feel this should be covered since i followed the rules and got the required service they were negligent not replacing the bolt. however they refuse to accept responsibility for there mistake. now i am stuck with a considerable bill. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 92300 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNDJC733765. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph.

Kia Sedona 2004
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 17, 2010
Location:
Surprise, AZ

multiple instances where vehicle has been unable to start. will subsequently turn over for a period of about 5 seconds and finally "catches" and will run rough. upon driving the vehicle will run rough, hesitate and stall, mostly at times during a full stop attempting to accelerate to normal driving speed in traffic and through turning. upon inspection at dealership, no faulty parts found and condition "disappears". upon receipt of vehicle from dealership, problem has continued to plague vehicle. replaced many parts under the advisement of the dealership and have never found a solution to the problem. no check engine code present during problem. has left family stranded on more than a few occasions making vehicle unreliable and unsafe to operate. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 15 mph.

Kia Sorento 2011
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
Oct 06, 2011
Location:
St. Louis, MO

tl* the contact owns a 2011 kia sorento. the contact stated that the vehicle would stall sporadically with the illumination of the check engine and oil warning lights. the vehicle had been taken to the dealer three times for the failure but the technicians were unable to duplicate or correct the problem. the vin was not available. the failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 15,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 7000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Kia Sedona 2007
Kia Motors Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 03, 2012
Location:
Salisbury, NC

tl* the contact owns a 2007 kia sedona. the contact was driving 35 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. the contact attempted to restart the vehicle several times before it would start. the failure recurred several times. the dealer was notified but offered little assistance. the manufacturer was also notified and advised the contact that they would be in contact with the her at a later date. the vehicle had not been repaired. the failure and current mileages were 109,076.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 109076 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):KNDMB233676. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph.


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