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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,682 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Kia Sedona steering problems

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2005 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 292016


  • 148,524 miles


3/29/ 2005 Kia Sedona has steering problems. The steering wheel is tight or stiff and often difficult to steer especially in making right turns. My mechanic experienced the same problem this morning when driving it and said it is the steering coupler. When he contacted a local Kia dealership their parts department told him that there was a recall on this item. However, it seems when I called to arrange an appointment to have the recall addressed, I learned that there is no open recall on my vehicle at this time but that there had been a recall back in 2005 on the steering coupler and work had been done. However, I didn't purchase the van until 2007 and was unaware of that recall. I am very concerned about this steering problem that is occurring now in my Kia Sedona van and that it needs to be addressed again by Kia and believe that other owners may be experiencing the same problems in steering their vans as I am. The steering coupler needs to be recalled again.

- Edgewater, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 012013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving at low speeds and making a right turn, the steering wheel seized. As a result, the contact crashed into a curb and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to multiple dealers and independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 152015


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving approximately 15 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Edwardsville, KS, USA

problem #9

Feb 172015

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 87,400 miles


Vehicle is hard to turn at <5mph or idle and jerks or refuses to respond.

- Blythe, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 162015


  • 146,203 miles
Was leaving our local walmart ; and when almost to the intersection; felt the car wheel wobble like I got a flat tire. So I stopped and got out and looked; didn't see any flats ; started to go and a thunk ; and then I couldn't move; both front tires were pointing in opposite directions. Had to have it towed home; and haven't been able to look and see what the problem is because of the weather. I sure am glad I wasn't going down the interstate at that time; is where I was going.

- Piqua, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 132014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the steering wheel turned in a full circle several times independently. The air bag warning light illuminated and the horn sounded prior to the engine shutting off. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 312014


  • 70,000 miles


Steering wheel will not turn at low speeds. This has almost caused accidents on several occasions. Steering wheel will not turn or becomes very difficult to turn when I back out of my driveway or out of a parking space.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 232012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 69,554 miles
The factory installed spring type clamp failed to hold the power steering hose on; the hose came off, all the power steering fluid came out and steering was lost. The spring type clamp was replaced with a worm type clamp. Fortunately this happened in a parking lot. If it had happened on the highway or in traffic it could have resulted in an accident. Also the power steering fluid could have blown onto the exhaust system and caused a fire.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010


  • miles
Continual power steering leak for over a year now; finally diagnosed with rack/pinion dysfunction.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042009


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While the contact was driving approximately 5 mph out of a parking garage he noticed that the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the rack and pinion; however, the failure is still occurring. The current and failure mileages were 71000.

- Minnesota City, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 062009


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving approximately 35 mph or less on normal road conditions, the contact exerted much effort to make a left turn. The vehicle steered in one direction. The failure occurred without warning. The contact had to make several attempts to maneuver the steering wheel before it resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they stated that the failure was possibly related to the rack and pinion. The failure occurred on two separate occasions. Recently, the steering wheel locked up while the vehicle was in operation. There were no juries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The authorized dealer was notified of the failures and stated that they were contributed to the intermittent joint shaft, which was a common defect. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 82,000 and current mileage was 83,000.

- Columbus, NE, USA

problem #1

Oct 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
A regular maintenance at the dealership caused a defect in my vehicle's brakes, a tire rotation defect and a steering problem(vehicle keeps on pulling to the right and brake pedal too soft and almost touches the floor when used-brake ineffective). The dealer did not show any signs of concern about the safety of the vehicle despite several attempts to address the issue. No choice but to contact company's headquarters.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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