Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 161999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The 4-wheel drive failed to work properly in snow, it went out. Also, disc brakes were not working when applied. Took to dealer & informed disc brakes were warped. Catalytic convertor had failed. In addition, mechanic found that the muffler did not work properly due to having a hole in it. All parts has to be replaced. Owner feels its a lemon. Mfg is no help.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 031999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When changing gears from park to reverse the shift lever becomes stuck between gears cause unknown.

- Reno Valley, CA, USA

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