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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,745 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Jun 052011


  • 48,235 miles
When driving, usually on freeway, as you begin to brake and exit the freeway, the power steering assist stops functioning, and steering becoms extremely difficult. The problem lasts maybe 2 to 4 seconds, and then everything seems fine. Numerous trips to dealerships (three different dealers, five repair trips) and they claim they can't duplicate the problem, therefore "there is no problem". problem has been recurring for over 1 1/2 year period. Date of incident used here is only most recent.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172010


  • 129,000 miles
When accelerating with load on engine going up hill, just before the transmission shifts into gear the power steering will lock-up. The momentary loss of steering while on mountainous roads makes for a very dangerous journey home.

- Diamond Springs, CA, USA

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