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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,825 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Kia Sorento lights problems

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2008 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 012015


  • 86,600 miles


I have had to replace low beam headlight bulbs at least 3 times in the 3 years I have owned my car. Just had my right passenger side replaced again, was working immediately after being replaced, and now the next morning when I get in my car neither headlight works. I am a single mom on a fixed income and I cannot afford to keep replacing these bulbs at $20 each time.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #7

Mar 182015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Sorento. While driving various speeds, the brake pedal was depressed and the brake lamp failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the brake lamp switch ground wire was replaced. The failure persisted. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable. Updated 02/05/16

- Albemarle, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 182014


  • 72,000 miles
Dim lights both quit at the same time in early morning (dark) driving.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #5

Sep 252011


  • 48,000 miles


For years now I have replaced lights on this vehicle. I have replaced headlights at least 15 times and brake lights about 20 times. On at least 5 occasions all lights burned out at once.. the fuses and relays have never been bad because when I replace the lights they work.something is wrong with the vehicle and I have known many other Kia owners to have the same problem but the dealership says nothing is wrong. I can't afford another vehicle and this is a serious safety issue.

- Somerset, TX, USA

problem #4

May 292013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Current and ongoing problems began just a few days after receiving a notice of recall from Kia regarding the faulty/defective brake light switch. The switch was faulty and there was a problem with no brake lights coming on upon braking as well as "ESC off" and "check engine" malfunction indicator lights appearing and staying on the instrument cluster. The vehicle was promptly taken to a Kia dealership where the recall service was performed. Replacement of a failed brake light switch under the recall campaign did not eliminate the problems/codes that began when the brake light switch failed. Shortly after the repair (less than a month afterward and very few miles driven) the "ESC off" and "check engine" malfunction indicator lights appeared, stayed, then came on and off intermittently with engine not going over past approximately 2,000 rpms resulting in unpredictable vehicle behavior especially when it comes to merging onto a highway/interstate or getting through an intersection. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the service advisors gave assurances that the new brake light switch is not defective. The problem is that the service advisors/technicians could not specifically diagnose what needs replacement to ultimately solve this ongoing problem or if it is related to the failure of the of the brake light switch.

- Duluth, GA, USA

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problem #3

Jun 062010

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
ESC off light comes on, sudden loss of acceleration, head lights constantly needing to be changed. Middle seat belt in back malfunctions by not unlocking at times.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 112010


  • 43,000 miles
Dash lighting problem on 2008B Kia Sorento. When control knob on turn signal switch is rotated for night lighting of dash lights, the dash lights go out, blowing a fuse. Possible short is system somewhere. Unable to trace at Canadian Kia dealership without paying $90/hr fee which could take many hours.

- Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada, 00, USA

problem #1

Dec 272008


  • miles
From the first day I purchased my vehicle, I've noticed a problem with the headlights visibility. When driving, the headlamps are not aimed or focused to see more than two car lengths in front of the vehicle. I went back to Kia and had them check it out. They said the lights were adjusted as far up as the state allows. I contacted Kia customer service and they claim they haven't had any complaints. The visibility with the headlights is terrible. The headlights are not adjusted high enough to see when night driving. You can only see two car lengths in front of you and if depending on the terrain of the road or if there is no other area lighting, I.e. street lights, store lights or other commercial lighting, the area beyond two car lengths is completely black.. the visibility is horrible and unsafe. It's at the point, that we're afraid to drive the car at night.

- Freedom, PA, USA

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