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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,072 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.

2009 Kia Sedona brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 232015

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


An older Chevy S10 decided to do a U-turn as I was entering an intersection. I slammed on the brakes and prior to impact the front airbags deployed resulting in my 84 year old passenger hitting the windshield when the actual impact took place and as the truck spun from the broadside hit in the front of my van, it hit us in the front right corner and along the passenger side of my vehicle. My face was badly chaffed and my left arm and hand were badly bruised and cut. But the bouncing around after the airbag rapidly shredded caused me to end up with severe cervical damage.

- St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the headlights and tail lights failed to illuminate. The dealer stated that the relay needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. In addition, while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated and would not accelerate. The contact also stated that the brakes failed to respond and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. On another occasion, smoke appeared under the hood when the vehicle was started. The dealer stated that the electrical harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 142014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Parking brake assembly had to be replaced because of rusted components after only 4 years.

- Bethel Park , PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 042014


  • 62,290 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the gear lever failed to shift into drive until the override switch was activated. In addition, the brake lamps would not illuminate. The failure occurred after the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic. The contact had not experienced a failure prior to the vehicle being serviced under the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 62,290.

- Coldwater, OH, USA

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