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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,350 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 182012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I bought the car last year and it worked fine until this spring when it had sudden acceleration in the rear gear, causing a minor accident. I was not sure it was the uncontrolled acceleration but then it had two more cases of sudden forward acceleration that cannot be stopped by stepping on the brakebut can be stopped by shifting the gear to neutral. Then this morning (06/18/2012) when I backed out of the home driveway and put the gear to drive, it suddenly started the acceleration again. This time it wouldn't stop even with the gear quickly shifted to neutral, and kept on accelerating. I managed to steer away from collisions for 4 blocks but ended up hitting a fire hydrant and two sign posts, scrape another car, then finally hit the fence to stop the car. The car is totaled but fortunately nobody was hurt. Obviously this car is a great danger to people. It should be recalled immediately.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 052011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Electronic stability control: The vehicle suddenly stopped to react to the gas pedal, like motor RPM fail, usually its idle valve or speed control. The problem with this vehicle Sedona 2009 happened as I was trying to speed up while entering the traffic on a highway, and it created a dangerous situation, it look like a common problem with Kia Sedona vehicles, there a few reference on the internet for example see this: Http//www.Kia-forums-com/Kia-carnival-Sedona-suddenly loss-accelerator-response.html.TR. Dated 9/11/2011.

- Bayamon , PR, USA

problem #4

Dec 052011

Sedona

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine service when the contact was informed that there was a manufacturer's recall that needed to be performed on the vehicle. The dealer replaced the intake air temperature sensor. Shortly after the repair, the vehicle would become hesitant to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the throttle sensor was replaced but the failure recurred. The failure and the current mileages were 30,000.

- Bluffton, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 182011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Have had vehicle back into dealer 5 times, since Feb 11 first check engine and ESC light on and van would not go push down on gas pedal and nothing had it towed in. They reprogrammed and then feb24th ESC light on again. Went back in they replaced steering angler sensor. Van still not running right down shifts on its own. Took back they said found no problem to have trans fluid changed so I did and it still happened. Then driving down the road the van S brakes lock up and the engine revved up and almost went through the windshield. Called dealer next day they said I could not get an appt until oct6 almost a month away. I called back and asked if it was safe to drive and he said no I could bring in and they would get to when ever they get a chance, they had it for 5 days and said they couldn't find anything wrong. I went to pick it up started the van to leave and the ESC light was on. I went back in and asked why? they took for a ride then put on machine said they needed to order the sensor to replace the same one they replace in Feb. Told me it was safe to drive home and bring back thur Sept 22. 2011, so drive home get 2 blocks from home and the brakes locked up the tires squeal and I slid off the side of the road luckily I didn't hit anything. Scared me death. Had van towed back to dealer and its still there now. I called Kia main office to discuss problem and how im very worried about the safety of my van. He said he'd call back yesterday but haven't heard from him yet. I tried to call him 2 times today and no answer. Then the dealer called said they did some reprogramming but still looking for the problem they are driving it to see if it does it for them if not they will just give it back to me. That makes me feel really safe I don't want to drive it until I know its fixed and safe. They acted like they have never heard of this problem before.

- White Oak, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
My vehicle suddenly stopped to react to the gas pedal, motor RPM fell down to ~1000 RPM - usually its idle value. The problem happened as I was trying to speed up while entering the traffic on a highway, and it created a dangerous situation. It looks like a common problem with Kia Sedona vehicles, I was able to find quite a few references on the internet, for example see this: www.Kia-forums.com/Kia-carnival-Sedona-2006/61112-sudden-loss-accelerator-response.html.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #1

Jun 232010

Sedona

  • 6,100 miles
On 6/23/2010 at 3:45pm, I was driving a 2009 Kia Sedona van and entered a bank parking lot at a very low speed when the vehicle started to accelerate rapidly. I was unable to stop the vehicle and hit the wall of the bank. The air bag deployed, and I suffered injuries to my right arm from the deployment of the air bag. I was the only person in the car, and there were no injuries to any other person. Property damage was only incurred to the vehicle and the bank building wall. There were no fires. The accident was reported to the police. There was no citation given to me by the police. The vehicle was purchased new in November of 2009. This was the first failure of this kind. The vehicle is currently being repaired, and when completed, Kia will conduct diagnostic tests to determine what happened.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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