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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Master Cylinder Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,126 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012003

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,252 miles


Master cylinder, went out the second time. I had my car in the dealers shop on December 31, 2002. My master cylinder went out at 13157 miles, and the master cylinder went out again at 14252 miles (3/1/03). The car will be 2 years old in April. I am very scared to get back in the car this time, I am looking into purchasing a new car. This car is unsafe and unpredictable.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 022002


  • miles
Master cylinder goes out without warning. Consumer applied brakes, and pedal went to the floor. Consumer feels very unsafe.

- Chester, MA, USA

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