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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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1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #2

May 212000


  • miles


Brake line hose busted while driving on expressway at about 50 mph, and there was total brake failure. Consumer had to use the emergency brake to stop vehicle.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 292000

(reported on)


  • miles
On 1996-1999 Kia Sephias the left front brake hose rubs against a 12 or 14 mm bolt head during turns, causing wear on the hose in as little as 10,000 miles. The bolt is used to attach a splash shield in the wheel well on some but not all Sephias. As a technician I have seen this wear on numerous Sephias and feel it is only a matter of time before these brake hoses fail and cause accidents and possibly deaths

- Hobart, IN, USA

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