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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Power Assist: Hydraulic: Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 212004

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Under normal driving conditions, fortunately happened at a parking lot, brake pedal went to the floor. Initial investigation revealed leaking brake fluid. Further investigation revealed this hose, non-reinforced in any way had split at both ends of connection to metal tube. Tube is approximately 1/8" od making id of hose approximately 1/8". wall of hose is very thin perhaps 1/16" or less. This hose is very flexible being quite similar to vacuum hose and must be under high pressure from the braking system. This is extremely hazardous.had this vehicle been traveling on the road at a higher rate of speed and the brake petal gone to the floor as it did when leaving a parking space a dangerous accident could easily and most probably would have occured. When checking the same hose on the other side of the vehicle the hose on the front drivers side is split also. There is no clamp holding thios hose in place. It merely slips onto metal tube on both ends and is split at the end of the connection sith each tube-thats four holes (two tubes). I cannot even begin to imagine the repercussions of this poor engineering design. Step on the petal and brake fluid pours out of the splits. This could happen at any time. Very, very poor design. This requires immediate action.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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