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KIA SORENTO - 2008 KIA SORENTO Problems & Complaints

 
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by Kia Motors America

There are 144 complaints filed for the 2008 KIA SORENTO

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 KIA SORENTO. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 KIA SORENTO, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (39) Exterior Lighting (8) Seat Belts (1) Structure (1) Vehicle Speed Control (25)
Electrical System (9) Fuel Propulsion System (1) Seats (1) Suspension (4) Visibility (1)
Electronic Stability Control (37) Fuel System Gasoline (3) Service Brakes (11) Tires (5) Visibility Wiper (1)
Engine (17) Interior Lighting (1) Service Brakes Hydraulic (1) Unknown Or Other (4) Wheels (1)
Engine And Engine Cooling (8) Power Train (20) Steering (2)

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AIR BAGS

11/17/2016 - JACKSON, MS
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 KIA SORENTO. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE AIR BAG WARNING INDICATOR ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE'S PASSENGER ALERT SYSTEM, WHICH INFORMS WHEN THE SEAT WAS OCCUPIED, REMAINED ACTIVATED. THE CONTACT TOOK THE VEHICLE TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE AIR BAG SENSOR MODULE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN A RECALL. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 125,000.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

10/26/2016 - AURORA, CO
ON TWO SEPERATE OCCASIONS APPROXIMATELY 2 MONTHS APART ON START UP AND INITIAL DRIVE THE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST ALL POWER, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND THE ESC OFF LIGHT CAME ON. PULLED VEHICLE TO CURB, SHUT OFF ENGINE, WAITED SEVERAL MINUTES TO ONE HOUR, RESTARTED ENGINE AND HAD FULL POWER.. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT REMAINS ON FOR SEVERAL START UPS THEN RESETS ITSELF. THIS SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS COULD BE DEVASTATING AND POTENTIALLY LEAD TO FATALITIES.

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ENGINE

10/26/2016 - AURORA, CO
ON TWO SEPERATE OCCASIONS APPROXIMATELY 2 MONTHS APART ON START UP AND INITIAL DRIVE THE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST ALL POWER, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND THE ESC OFF LIGHT CAME ON. PULLED VEHICLE TO CURB, SHUT OFF ENGINE, WAITED SEVERAL MINUTES TO ONE HOUR, RESTARTED ENGINE AND HAD FULL POWER.. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT REMAINS ON FOR SEVERAL START UPS THEN RESETS ITSELF. THIS SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS COULD BE DEVASTATING AND POTENTIALLY LEAD TO FATALITIES.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

9/27/2016 - AVERILL PARK, NY
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 KIA SORENTO. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 35 MPH APPROACHING A TRAFFIC LIGHT, THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS APPLIED AND THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY SURGED AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. THE CONTACT CRASHED INTO THE PRECEDING VEHICLE, WHICH CAUSED THAT VEHICLE TO CRASH INTO A THIRD VEHICLE. THE DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYED WITH EXTREME FORCE. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED INJURIES TO THE HEAD, NECK, AND A WHIPLASH. THE CONTACT WAS ALSO INJURED BY THE SEAT BELT. MEDICAL ATTENTION WAS REQUIRED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A YARD AND DESTROYED. THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 13V114000 (EXTERIOR LIGHTING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 122,000.

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SERVICE BRAKES

9/27/2016 - AVERILL PARK, NY
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2008 KIA SORENTO. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 35 MPH APPROACHING A TRAFFIC LIGHT, THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS APPLIED AND THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY SURGED AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. THE CONTACT CRASHED INTO THE PRECEDING VEHICLE, WHICH CAUSED THAT VEHICLE TO CRASH INTO A THIRD VEHICLE. THE DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYED WITH EXTREME FORCE. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED INJURIES TO THE HEAD, NECK, AND A WHIPLASH. THE CONTACT WAS ALSO INJURED BY THE SEAT BELT. MEDICAL ATTENTION WAS REQUIRED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A YARD AND DESTROYED. THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 13V114000 (EXTERIOR LIGHTING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 122,000.

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AIR BAGS

9/19/2016 - QUAKERTOWN, PA
ON OCCASION, "PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF" LIGHT GOES ON WHILE AN ADULT (>120LBS.) IS SITTING IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT.

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POWER TRAIN

9/6/2016 - POPLAR BLUFF, MO
CHECK ENGINE AND ESC LIGHT CAME ON WHILE DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE. TRUCK IMMEDIATELY LOSES POWER.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

9/6/2016 - POPLAR BLUFF, MO
CHECK ENGINE AND ESC LIGHT CAME ON WHILE DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE. TRUCK IMMEDIATELY LOSES POWER.

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ENGINE

9/6/2016 - POPLAR BLUFF, MO
CHECK ENGINE AND ESC LIGHT CAME ON WHILE DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE. TRUCK IMMEDIATELY LOSES POWER.

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POWER TRAIN

6/25/2016 - LAS VEGAS, NV
PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE FROM A KIA DEALERSHIP NOW OUT OF BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 2009 AS A NEW VEHICLE. THE ODOMETER READING TODAY IS 31000 MILES. DESPITE REGULAR KIA MAINTAINANCE A FEW WEEKS AGO WE NOTICED SLUGGISH ACCELERATION AND A HUM AT INCREASED SPEED FROM THE REAR END. WE TOOK IT TO A KIA DEALERSHIP AND WAS DIAGNOSED AS ENTIRE REAR AXLE ASSEMBLY NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AS WELL AS LEFT REAR TIRE. THE SERVICE TECH SAID IT WAS UNSAFE WITHOUT THE REPAIRS AND THE ORIGINAL MICHELIN LEFT DRIVER SIDE TIRE WAS CLOSE TO FAILURE. I NOTICE THAT NHTSAID# 10625749 COMPLAINT ON THIS SITE IS NEARLY IDENTICAL. AUTHORIZED REPLACEMENT OF REAR AXLE AT A COST OF $2219 AND PICKED UP VEHICLE YESTERDAY AND BOUGHT NEW TIRE FROM TIRE STORE. WHILE CAR IN KIA SHOP I NOTICED 10 YEAR 100000 MILE WARRANTY COVERED REAR AXLE SO CALLED KIA MOTORS USA AND OPENED A CASE. CASE STILL UNDER REVIEW BUT WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN KIA CLAIMS 100 K WARRANTY NOT APPLICABLE BECAUSE THEIR RECORD SHOWS WE ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL OWNER DESPITE ALL OUR PURCHASE DOCUMENTS SAY IT IS NEW AND NOT A USED OR DEMONSTRATOR WE PURCHASED. REALIZE THAT IS WARRANTY DISPUTE WITH KIA BUT SHOWS HOW KIA WILL TRY ALL IN ITS POWER TO COVER UP DEFECTS THEY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AND NOT HONOR THEIR WARRANTY.

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