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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,500 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.

2002 Kia Sedona electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 092007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sedona. The vehicle had been parked for approximately 8-10 hours when it suddenly caught fire. The wiring fuse box caused the engine, radio, and wiper/washer to activate. The fire originated in the instrument panel. The contact was able to douse the fire with a fire extinguisher. The vehicle was later towed to a dealer and they did not provide a reason as to why it caught fire. The contact found numerous complaints on the same type of vehicle with identical failures. The current and failure mileages were 72,000. Updated 03/06/08. The consumer stated the recall was done, however ever since the repair, the seats never worked correctly. The consumer had worked done on the air conditioner. Updated

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 092005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Kia Sedona. The consumer stated vehicle smelled of smoke. Then, the vehicle stopped due to a complete electrical shutdown. The vehicle was then pushed over to the side of the road. Consumer tried to restart the vehicle numerous times, but could not do so. Vehicle was towed to the dealership.

- Camerio, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,500 miles
My wife was driving her 2002 Kia Sedona and it caught on fire. The fire was electrical in nature and began in the steering column. After turning off the ignition and removing the keys, the engine started along with the windshield wipers. The fire was contained to the dash and steering column area. A nearby citizen extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher. We are fortunate that my wife and 3 young children were not seriously injured.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 012003

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multiple electrical problems with 2002 Kia Sedona minivan including front window not working; trunk/backlatch not opening (twice); checkengine light(twice); frontblower for heater/airconditoning not functioning (twice). Problems started Nov. 2002 and are ongoing.

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 242002


  • miles
Electric system wiring causing lights/windows and door locks to go out. Dealer notified.

- Morrisonville, IL, USA

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