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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,343 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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2013 Kia Forte electrical problems

electrical problem

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2013 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 292014

Forte 4-cyl

  • 22,678 miles


10/21/2014 I purchased a 2013 Kia Forte with about 21, 620 miles on it and this particular unit work like a champion but it is defective and just without warning won't turn on. I had the same issue five to seven times already in two months. I recorded five times, 10/29/2014, 11/12/2014, 12/02/2014, 12/16/2014, and 01/06/2014. The dealer worked on the vehicle for the 12/02 & 12/16 incidents but find the vehicle working fine and I returned the vehicle to service department on 01/08/2015. I want my money back. It is unreliable and it might be a hazardous condition, the vehicle just die on me and won't turn on. The dealer replaced the starter. However, the consumer continued to experience problems. Updated 10/29/15.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132012

Forte 4-cyl

  • 8 miles
At vehicle start - gauges on dash did not work and shift lock was engaged. Unable to shift via shift release. After several attempts the problem resolved.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

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