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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,712 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2014 Kia Forte electrical problems

electrical problem

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2014 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 182016


  • 27,000 miles


Intermittently, on days of excessive heat (110+) the car will start up with all sensor lights illuminated, cannot shift into gear without pushing the gear shift override button, power steering doesn't work, skid control on, and ac blows hot air. Once it cools down the issue stops and won't present itself again unless very specific conditions are met. Happened first year after having the car, in the summer. Service center couldn't reproduce the issue. Summer year 2, issue happened again, with pictures, service center used heat gun to reproduce the problem. Transmission range sensor/neutral safety switch was replaced. Summer year 3. issue happened on 118 degree day when starting up car. A week later happened on the freeway while driving on another 118 degree day. New issues include tachometer and speedometer stay at 0 even while driving. Also, display that shows range and gas mileage stopped working properly. Range would adjust when gas peddle pushed, mpg stayed blank and did not come back after car had rested and cooled down.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #7

Mar 082016


  • 95,600 miles
First, instrument cluster intermittently fails and show incorrect range and fuel levels. Speedometer shows car is going 0 mph even when car is moving. Tachometer shows 0 RPM even when car is idling or moving. This has happened two times since 3/8/16. Second, brake pads provided on car are cheap and do not have range I changed the brake pads and rotors for the first time at 10K miles. Third, ventilation system doesn't operate properly and I can intermittently smell burning plastic coming from vents, fan doesn't operate over the 3 setting and A/C doesn't blow cold. Finally, shocks and struts are sub par had to replace at 10K miles due to tire cupping.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 022015


  • 15,085 miles
When driving at any speed, and often times when coming to a stop and then starting to accelerate again, the vehicle loses power and turns off. At this point the check engine light, battery light, oil light and others come on. The vehicle then needs to be put in park, and turned off, and restarts with no issue. The fuel pump has been replaced but has failed to resolve the issue. Fucillo Kia is also refusing to honor the warranty and continue working on the vehicle until the issue is identified. A flight recorder box was put in the vehicle to record the issue if it were to happen again on one of the occasions they gave me back the vehicle stating they were unable to duplicate the problem. The issue did occur again with flight recorder box in place but they said it did not send any signal stating there was an issue with the vehicle. The vehicle has been to them 6 times and at this point they will no longer work on the vehicle despite it being well within the 100,000 mile/10 year warranty. The issue started at 15085 miles and now at 19,000 miles the problem persists.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 062015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2014 Kia Forte. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V015000 (electrical system) and stated that the dealer indicated that the VIN was not included in a recall and the contact had to call another dealer to schedule a recall repair. The dealer did not check with the manufacturer and did not address the recall concern. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 6/3/15cn

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #4

Feb 012014


  • miles
2014 Kia Forte. Vehicle was engulfed into flames, as the consumer was warming the vehicle up. The fire department stated a component shorted out the engine.

- Dysart, IA, USA

problem #3

Sep 142014

Forte 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
On September 14, 2014, my wife and I were driving our 2014 Kia Forte when the car began to smoke. As soon as I pulled the car over to the shoulder, flames came out of the hood. The local fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was a total loss. Kia corporate was notified of the incident however, they do not want to investigate. I need help!

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152014

Forte 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Turned onto a fairly narrow street with cars parked on both sides; I was driving down the middle of street until I passed all parked cars; attempted to move back into my lane and steering wheel froze and started jerking; I was headed toward a stop sign pole; I jumped the curb and scrapped right from bumper and tire rim; ignition shut off. Took car to dealer; they kept it for testing and inspection for about 2 weeks and found nothing; we wanted to exchange it but they refused since they did not find anything mechanically wrong with it; we took car back and it has been driving well so far but incident is still in the back of our minds every time we drive it. Updated 10/1/2014

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 082013

Forte 4-cyl

  • 14 miles
Scratches under the driver side door on car purchased as new may indicate prior use and odometer tamper.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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