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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,000 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

May 302013

Sportage

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is a repeat of confirmation no. 10514519, but with "was there an injury or fatality? marked "yes" above. Driver and passenger scalded with boiling radiator fluid with foot on pedal, had to keep foot on petal to get off road. On May 30, 2013, at approx. 4:30pm edt, I was driving my 1998 Kia Sportage on the garden state parkway North, just after entering the highway at exit 98 in wall, NJ. The air conditioner had not been working well. The local temperature was in the high 90S, near 100 degrees. I had a passenger in the front passenger seat. Suddenly, anti-freeze smoke came out of the dashboard vents, then, hot scalding anti-freeze began falling on my right foot as it was on the accelerator pedal. At the same time, the front-seat passenger was also getting scalded. In my case, I sustained a 1st to 2nd degree burn on my right small (pinky) toe, which was blistered. It was fortunate that I was able to get off at the monmouth service area at milepost 100 of the garden state parkway in wall, NJ. My view is that this is a serious safety issue caused by design oversight, not merely a maintenance issue on a old car. For example, if a heater core breaks and does not heat, that is a maintenance problem. However, if it breaks and an unexpected driver gets hurt, and compounded, loses control of the vehicle, and moreover, has to put his foot back onto the accelerator pedal to control the car in a hot-liquid stream, this is an unacceptable safety condition due to failure to safely contain hot liquids.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 302013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Driver and passenger scalded with boiling radiator fluid with foot on pedal, had to keep foot on petal to get off road on May 30, 2013, at approx. 4:30 pm edt, I was driving my 1998 Kia Sportage on the garden state parkway North, just after entering the highway at exit 98 in wall, NJ. The air conditioner had not been working well. The local temperature was in the high 90S, near 100 degrees. I had a passenger in the front passenger seat. Suddenly, anti-freeze smoke came out of the dashboard vents, then, hot scalding anti-freeze began falling on my right foot as it was on the accelerator pedal. At the same time, the front-seat passenger was also getting scalded. In my case, I sustained a 1st to 2nd degree burn on my right small (pinky) toe, which was blistered. It was fortunate that I was able to get off at the monmouth service area at milepost 100 in wall, NJ. My view is that this is a serious safety issue caused by design oversight, not merely a maintenance issue on a old car. For example, if a heater core breaks and does not heat, that is a maintenance problem. However, if it breaks and an unexpected driver gets hurt, and compounded, loses control of the vehicle, and moreover, has to put his foot back onto the accelerator pedal to control the car in a hot-liquid stream, this is an unacceptable safety condition due to failure to safely contain hot liquids.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 182003

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
Problems with horn, steering wheel and air conditioner on 1998 Kia Sportage. The vehicle dash lights also failed intermittently.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 121999

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes the vehicle shakes and takes awhile to stop. Dealer says vehicle needs all new brakes after only 7,000 miles. Also, 4 wheel drive does not always work and the car is shaky when driven.

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 241998

Sportage

  • miles
While driving at 20 mph and applying the brakes the brakes were soft and the vehicle wouldn't stop. Consumer could not make U-turn or a right turn. Also, there might be something wrong with the steering because consumer can't turn to the right.

- Adelphi, MD, USA

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