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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,603 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 272015


  • 107,914 miles


Owner drove vehicle one hour prior to fire. Parked vehicle witness came by owners home reported fire. Fire in front engine compartment at location of ABS module. Other complaints noted for ABS module and fires.

- Chester , VA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Mar 252014


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that when using the turn signals, all the electronic devices blinked. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed the multi functional system needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Scottsboro, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 072013


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle caught on fire without warning. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed to a independent mechanic. The contact mentioned the vehicle was inspected by an insurance adjuster, who concluded that the fire originated in the rear dashboard area. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 64,000.

- Duquesne, PA, USA

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