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KIA SPORTAGE - 2012 KIA SPORTAGE Problems & Complaints

 
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by Kia Motors America

There are 22 complaints filed for the 2012 KIA SPORTAGE

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2012 KIA SPORTAGE. 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 2012 KIA SPORTAGE, 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 (3) Exterior Lighting (1) Steering (2) Unknown Or Other (3) Visibility Wiper (1)
Electrical System (2) Power Train (2) Structure (2) Visibility (4) Wheels (1)
Engine (8) Service Brakes Hydraulic (2)

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ENGINE

8/31/2016 - MONTGOMERY, PA
AFTER DRIVING HOME FROM A VACATION TRIP, OUR CAR LITERALLY SHUTOFF AS WE WERE CROSSING A MAJOR HIGHWAY NEAR HOME. I WAS ABLE TO COAST BACK OFF THE ROAD. WE WERE TOLD BY THE DEALERSHIP THAT IT WAS THE MOTOR AND IT WAS NEEDING TO BE REPLACED. THEY SHARED WITH US THAT THERE WERE 3 OTHERS SITTING ON THEIR LOT WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH THOSE MOTORS AND THAT WE SHOULD REACH OUT TO KIA FOR ASSISTANCE. MY CHILDREN WERE IN THE VEHICLE AT THE TIME. I PREVIOUSLY OWNED ANOTHER KIA SPORTAGE, A 2001, THAT WE HAD FOR WELL OVER 10 YEARS AND MANY MILES OVER 100,000 THAT WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED AS DO I WITH THIS ONE. I JUST WANT TO GET IT FIXED AND BACK IN TO IT. THE CAR IS ONLY 4 YEARS OLD. WHAT HAS CHANGED??

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ENGINE

8/8/2016 - ST GEORGE, UT
WHILE DRIVING AT 70 MPH ON INTERSTATE 15 IN CALIFORNIA ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON, THE CAR BEGAN JERKING AND LOSING POWER WITHOUT ANY WARNING. THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE WAS NORMAL, NO LIGHTS OF ANY KIND CAME ON. WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE CENTER MEDIAN AND WAITED 1-1/2 HRS FOR A TOW FROM AAA TO THE NEAREST KIA DEALER IN VICTORVILLE, CA. THEY DID NOT LOOK AT IT UNTIL MONDAY AND IT TOOK A COUPLE OF DAYS TO GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER FROM THEM AS TO WHEN THE CAR WOULD BE FIXED. THEY FINALLY TOLD US THE CAR NEEDED A NEW ENGINE! THEY HAVE NOW HAD THE CAR 2 WEEKS AND THEY SAY THEY NEED A PART CALLED A CAMSHAFT ASSY (P/N 242002G700) WHICH THEY WILL NOT HAVE FOR ANOTHER 3 WEEKS! IN RESEARCHING THIS SITUATION, I SEE THAT OTHER KIA OWNERS HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SAME FAILURE. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH A RECALL AND SAFETY WARNING IS NEEDED! THIS COULD HAVE CAUSED A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT. THE CAR ONLY HAS 27,000 MILES AND WAS PURCHASED USED FROM A KIA DEALER AS A "CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED VEHICLE". AT THIS TIME, WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH THIS IS GOING TO COST. WE HAD TO PAY FOR THE TOW, STAY IN A HOTEL, RENT A CAR TO GET HOME AS WE LIVE IN UTAH. WE WERE TOLD WE WILL HAVE TO GO BACK THERE TO PICK UP THE CAR! WE ARE THANKFUL WE WEREN'T INJURED BUT SOMEONE ELSE MAY BE IF KIA DOESN'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SITUATION.

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ENGINE

3/15/2016 - DES MOINES, IA
DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH ON THE INTERSTATE, A LOUD SQUEAK SOUND OCCURRED AND ALL OF THE LIGHTS ON THE DASHBOARD LIT UP AND THE ENGINE PROMPTLY SHUT OFF AND HAS SINCE THEN BEEN UNABLE TO START AGAIN. THE KIA DEALERSHIP HAS INFORMED ME THAT THE VEHICLE HAS INTERNAL ENGINE FAILURE. MY CONCERN IS DRIVING A VEHICLE AT THAT SPEED AND HAVING IT INSTANTLY SHUT OFF IS A HUGE SAFETY RISK AND LIABILITY, ESPECIALLY AFTER HEARING IR HAS HAPPENED TO OTHERS WITH IDENTICAL VEHICLES.

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POWER TRAIN

3/15/2016 - DES MOINES, IA
DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH ON THE INTERSTATE, A LOUD SQUEAK SOUND OCCURRED AND ALL OF THE LIGHTS ON THE DASHBOARD LIT UP AND THE ENGINE PROMPTLY SHUT OFF AND HAS SINCE THEN BEEN UNABLE TO START AGAIN. THE KIA DEALERSHIP HAS INFORMED ME THAT THE VEHICLE HAS INTERNAL ENGINE FAILURE. MY CONCERN IS DRIVING A VEHICLE AT THAT SPEED AND HAVING IT INSTANTLY SHUT OFF IS A HUGE SAFETY RISK AND LIABILITY, ESPECIALLY AFTER HEARING IR HAS HAPPENED TO OTHERS WITH IDENTICAL VEHICLES.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

3/5/2016 - WASHINGTON, DC
WINDSHIELD SEAL STRIP START PEELING FROM THE TOP OF THE DRIVER SIDE .

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

3/5/2016 - WASHINGTON, DC
WINDSHIELD SEAL STRIP START PEELING FROM THE TOP OF THE DRIVER SIDE .

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

3/5/2016 - WASHINGTON, DC
WINDSHIELD SEAL STRIP START PEELING FROM THE TOP OF THE DRIVER SIDE .

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ENGINE

10/10/2015 - CENTER VALLEY, PA
WHILE DRIVING CAR AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS, SUDDENLY CAR BEGAN TO DECELERATE, LUCKILY WAS ABLE TO GET TO SHOULDER OF HIGHWAY. CAR DIED WHEN GETTING TO SHOULDER, STARTED AGAIN, ENGINE MAKING HORRIBLE KNOCKING SOUND, AND WOULDN'T MOVE. GOT TOWED TO KIA DEALER, STATED WE NEEDED A NEW ENGINE. KIA DEALER STATED THE CONNECTING ROD ON THE CRANKSHAFT EITHER SEIZED UP OR BROKE AND LOCKED UP.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

3/19/2015 - CLOVER, SC
WE HAVE HAD TO BRING IN AND HAVE REPAIRED TWICE WITH OUR KIA , IT WAS DUE TO A FAULTY CLUSTER , SO AM WONDERING WHAT DUE WE DO NEXT ,,,,,THANK YOU

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: BATTERY

12/2/2014 - GROTON, NY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 KIA SPORTAGE. WHILE DRIVING OR ATTEMPTING TO START THE VEHICLE, THE ENGINE SEIZED. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE BATTERY POST WERE TOO BIG FOR THE BATTERY CONNECTORS. AS A RESULT, ALL THE ELECTRICITY IN THE VEHICLE FAILED, INCLUDING THE POWER STEERING AND BRAKES. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 16,132.

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