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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,083 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Kia Forte lights problems

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2012 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 282016


  • 84,500 miles


Just recently (within this month) I have noticed that when I turn on my blinker either way, or step on my break my radio or music from my phone cuts out. It does not happen every time and I do not notice it happening at a particular speed. It happens mostly on the freeway but I just notice it did it on a surface street today. My headlights and my inside roof lights flicker also. Had a friend check it out and he said he could not find anything. Checked all the wiring for corrosion, something grounding where it shouldn't be, check my battery voltage and my transmission. Cannot figure out the problem and I am concerned about it being an electrical issue due to me driving 100+ miles a day, 6 days a week. Last thing I need is for my car to catch fire...

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112015


  • 65,000 miles
Brake lights not working. Tail lights and turn signal lights working fine, but brake lights fail. No fuse issue.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012014


  • 50,000 miles
My 2012 Kia Forte has a problem with the engine suddenly racing, and acting like it is out of gear. I have taken it to my mechanic and they keep telling me that they can't find the problem. I also get problems with the brake lights: I get told that they're out when they aren't. I do regular maintenance and oil changes on my vehicle. It started in April, 2014, at first occasionally, but now it is almost constant. If the problem is not found and fixed, I am in danger of losing my transmission and worse....updated 12/10/15

- Indianapolis, , IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 022015


  • 25,000 miles


I was pulled over by transit police and was informed that my brake lights were not working. I took it to the dealership and they want to charge me to have them look at it. If the problem falls to the warranty they will do it, but I still have to pay for the check-up. My tail lights work, but my brake lights do not illuminate when I press on the brake. Is there a recall?

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

problem #2

Mar 132015


  • 63,000 miles
I was pulled over by a [xxx] and was informed that my brake lights were not working. I took it to the dealership and had them look at it. They told me there was a recall for that exact problem on 2009-2010 models but there was not one yet on 2012 models. My tail lights work, but my brake lights do not illuminate when I press on the brake. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Independence , MO, USA

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problem #1

Feb 132013


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Kia Forte. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the right turn signal failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the failure could not be replicated. The failure recurred three times and with each failure, the vehicle was returned to the dealer. On the fourth visit to the dealer, the ground wire was connected to the light bulb and the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 20,263.

- Underwood, IA, USA

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