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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,458 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.

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2009 Kia Sedona lights problems

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2009 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012013


  • miles


2009 Kia Sedona. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ESC light issues. Consumer states has 2012 Kia Sedona with same issues. The consumer stated when she stopped for gas, the light went out, but the speedometer stopped working. She stopped the vehicle, turned off the ignition, then re-started it again. The speedometer started working again, but the ESC light came back on. The consumer went to the dealer, and was informed there was a recall on the taillight. Both vehicles had an alignment problem. Both vehicles needed a bolt to be added to the rear axle according to the dealer. But, the bolt was not available. The dealer stated there was no factory retrofit available to fix the problem. The other wheels could be aligned within tolerance, except the rear passenger side. The drivers seat on both vehicles would not stay up. The dealer replaced the pump on the 2009 Sedona.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Apr 012013


  • 20,000 miles
After I checked with Kia dealer, I learned that there were 4 recalls since April of 2013 on my Kia Sedona; they are (1) stop light switch, (2) lower control arm, (3) rear control arm, and (4) heater pipe replacement. I never received recall notices on this vehicle. However, I received recall notice on my other Kia MY2009 sportage vehicle, whose recall repair was taken care of immediately after receiving the notice. Kia needs to do a better job for sending out the recall notices.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Aug 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the low beam headlights would not illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose why the headlights failed. The mechanic replaced the low beam headlight bulbs. The failure had since recurred numerous times. The high beam headlights also experienced the same failure on one occasion. After each failure, the vehicle was taken back to the mechanic for repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown.

- West Mansfield, OH, USA

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