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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,860 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.

2008 Kia Rondo steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Kia Rondo Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 192016


  • 89,000 miles


I was driving my car..then all of a sudden it started raining..the steering went out the interior lights came on and the engine belt was making a awful noise! but what concerned me I could not control my car...I have look up the research of others complaining about the same problem

- Grandy, NC, USA

problem #6

Feb 282016


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Rondo. While driving approximately 30 mph in the rain, the steering lost power without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road and restarted after the water drained. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the splash guards were not keeping the water off the belts. The mechanic further diagnosed that the splash guards needed to be replaced by the manufacturer. The local dealer was made aware of the failure and stated that nothing could be done. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Lakeline, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 012014


  • 83,000 miles
Every time I went through a puddle, the parking brake/brake fluid light and the charging system warning light would come on. It also lost power steering while this happened. It lasted few moments. This happened with every puddle and even on the freeway when water splashed underneath!!

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #4

Feb 212015


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Kia Rondo. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and the ability to steer seized. The failure resulted in a head on collision with another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, but was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 012012


  • 100,000 miles
I took vehicle in to private mechanic for wheel alignment. I was told that due to manufacturing quirk that one of the alignment adjustments to the wheels can not be accomplished. The dealer was unable to help either. I was told that a tire was improperly welded on upon manufacturing and a correct/appropriate alignment would not be possible.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 012010


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Rondo. As you are driving the vehicle it is very hard to steer, the steering wheel locks up on you. This has happen at least four times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, the mechanic test drove the vehicle, and found no problem, and the failure could not be duplicated. She was advised to jerk the wheel to get it out of the lock position. The manufacturer has not been notified; I provided the number 800-333-4542 to her. The failure mileage was 39, 00 and the current mileage was 40,000.dwh

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 132008


  • 20 miles
Severe vibration and shaking felt in steering wheel and seat while driving at speed over 50 mph. Dealership has balanced wheels, resurfaced rotors, worked on brakes, and is still unable to correct the problem.

- New Woodstock, NY, USA

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