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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,000 miles

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.

2005 Kia Sportage brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 072012

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


I was driving and the vehicle would not brake, and steered right while driving 40-50 mph, hitting the curb and almost collided with another vehicle. Definite defect in the steering/fuel/brakes/electronicstabilitycontrol, and other minor mechanical malfunctions.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the brakes on the passenger side would engage. In order to disengage the brakes, the contact had to momentarily apply pressure to the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who stated that the esp computer needed to be updated. A diagnostic test also indicated that the vehicle was making a sharp right turn while it was parked. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V318000 (parking brake). The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Cabot, AR, USA

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