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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,325 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2013 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 092013


  • 15,500 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Kia Forte. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the power steering wheel seized and excessive force on the steering wheel was required. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,500.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 272014


  • 20,000 miles
I bought the car a year after it was released and it seems to jerk at high speeds when going over minor bumps in the road. Also shakes when riding through high winds. It seems extremely light weight and is hard to control if there is strong winds(15mph) present which extremely nerve wracking especially traveling long distances, or with my children, or on the highway. The jerking should not be occurring for minor bumps on the road, makes me feel the car is unsafe.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012


  • 800 miles
Kia Forte 2013 purchased new and had problems with car when driving 55-70 miles at highway speed. The car shakes, tires make noises like they're flat, trouble with steering, really rough ride, smoke came from engine and the car has been a pain considering it's supposed to be new. It also leaks when it rains and sometimes you can't see out rear window. All these things and more were reported to Kia motors who sent me to dealership. The dealership scoffed at the referral, stated Kia motors knows about problems and allegedly checked Forte reporting nothing can be done and nothing is wrong. The car continues to have problems and is a total waste of money plus feels unsafe. There should be some accountability with Kia somewhere but there isn't...guess that's the business cushion.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 222012


  • 5,000 miles
Highway driving @ 65 mph with a crosswind gusting to 25 mph. Across front right fender. The rear of the car is far too light to hold it to the road straight. Broadside wind is of course a lot worse. Being passed by a truck you could almost get jerked right under it. There should at least be a small fin across the trunk to catch air and make some down force, because the trunk area is so short it may not even catch air if wind tunneled. 30 years of driving and being a retired professional driver tells me this is the most unsafe car I have ever owned.

- Burnet, TX, USA

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