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2.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,970 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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2009 Kia Sportage lights problems

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2009 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 162013

Sportage

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. When the gear was shifted from park into drive or in reverse, the electronic stability warning light illuminated. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brake lights failed to illuminate. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 09V130000 (exterior lighting); however, the failure persisted. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #4

Feb 162015

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I was getting my oil changed at valvoline oil change in liverpool, NY. During the routine light check, the tech said that my brake lights weren't coming on when I brake, only the top brake light strip in rear middle. I had seen the "ESC off" light come on without any reason in the last few weeks. I also noticed that when getting on an interstate highway, my cruise control would turn on, but not set/engage. I researched online for these symptoms, and found there was a recall of Kia Sportages both in 2009 and in 2013 for a stop lamp switch causing the exact same symptoms. The NHTSA campaign was #13V114000. In calling the burdick Kia to get this replaced because of the recall, the service manager told me that the switch was replaced on August 2013, in compliance with the recall. Because of this, I can't get the switch replaced for free. I am just letting you know that there is still an issue with this condition, even with the 2013 recall and replacement.

- Clay, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 112013

Sportage

  • 75,000 miles
A few months ago, there was a recall on a malfunction dealing with the brake lights. So I took my Kia into [xxx] and they fixed the problem. A couple of weeks ago, the same malfunction occurred. I only have the top brake light that works and need to know if I can take my Kia back into the dealership to get it fixed. I am worried about the safety of driving my vehicle to and from work. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Freeport, TX, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Nov 302012

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The headlights of the vehicle have stress cracks that will allow moisture to enter the assembly. This moisture will cause the bulb inside the assembly to fail. I have asked for assistance from the rountree moore Kia, as well as Kia of North America to address this problem. I have been told by both that there is no action they will take to correct this issue.

- Lake Butler, FL, USA

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