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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,829 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.

2009 Kia Sportage brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 252015


  • 55,498 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that smoke appeared from the ignition switch, which was located on a corner connected to the steering column and dashboard. The brakes failed to work when the failure occurred and the contact was unable to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure was not determined. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 55,498.

- Idianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Feb 172015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle violently jerked forward. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and a curb. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained injuries to the right foot that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) but the part was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

May 311991


  • miles
My anti lock brakes module or called ABS. I took the car to my mechanic and he said, the ABS should not have went out this soon. He also said the ABS is leaking brake fluid. This is a safety hazard. A ABS module should not leak brake, even if it is not working. If I have not went to my mechanic, I could have lost my brakes. I got it at Kia of bradley 1010 tighe dr, bradley, il 60914 (815) 932-1000. They want to charge around $2500 to replace when it is a defective part and safety hazard. My windows ice up on the inside in the winter. I took it to them, they told drill holes in my door seals. I have had nothing but problems with this dealership. Something needs to be done.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #2

May 172010

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 2,800 miles
The Sportage was garaged during a winter vacation. Upon return we found the brakes seized up. After getting them released, we took it to the dealer for service. There was corrosion so the rear brake rotors and pads were replaced on June 11, 2010. The same failure happened again in 2011, 2012 and in 2013 the seizure and corrosion are severe. This will lead to premature brake failure.

- Ogdensburg, NY, USA

problem #1

May 062013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 25,848 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the ESC off switch illuminated as the brake lights failed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the stop lamp switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number : 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 25,848.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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