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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,500 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.

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2006 Kia Sportage brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 022010

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


2006 Kia Sportage ex with V-6 has a habit of completely shutting down electrically, killing the engine and thus all lights, power assist to steering/brakes, etc. Previously this occurred only when taking off from a stop (previously reported). This time our daughter was driving at highway speeds at night in the middle of Utah when this occurred again. She was able to get it off the highway safely without incident in complete darkness and no power assists. Car was running on cruise control so no driver function could have caused the incident. No warning such as engine stumble, flickering lights, etc, , it just shut off!!! once safely stopped, our daughter was able to restart the car and get to the destination without incident. Dealer is aware of this problem but is unable to fix it. Only has been taken to dealer for repairs.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 262007

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. While driving in reverse downhill, the contact's daughter applied the brakes and the vehicle accelerated. She applied the emergency brake, but the vehicle continued to roll backwards at approximately 10 mph. The failure occurred while the vehicle was still shifted in park. The driver crashed into a tree to avoid merging into an intersection. All of the warning indicator lights illuminated. The road conditions were dry. The passenger seated in the rear driver side seat suffered a broken nose. The passenger seated in the rear passenger side seat suffered facial cuts. Neither were wearing seat belts. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 10,000.

- Fayetteville, NY, USA

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