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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Kia Sportage electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012001


  • miles


Vehicle was not starting when ignition was turned. Consumer took vehicle to a dealership that determined that battery needed to be replaced. No reason was given to consumer for cause of this defect. Also, mentioned that there were connection problems between battery and cables. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #2

Sep 152000


  • miles
Ongoing problem with engine stalling from a stop position and unable to restart when this occurs. Vehicle been in dealer shop on three occasions, and problem still reoccurring. Key would intermittently lock up into ignition switch, and unable to remove it. Also, been in dealer shop on three occasions, and probelm still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 161998

(reported on)


  • miles
The engine check light comes on and won't go off. When the car is turned off can smell something burning. Dealer can't find problem.

- Humble, TX, USA

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