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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,183 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Kia Sportage steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 012016

Sportage

  • 125,000 miles

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

I have been having the same problem as others. It has been a sporadic problem for about four months. It's almost like the power steering goes completely out and you are almost unable to turn the wheel. However, when you push on the accelerator the steering releases. This makes it very difficult if not impossible to keep the vehicle in the proper lane when it occurs. This is a safety hazard that needs to be investigated before it cause an accident.

- Sharpsburg, MD, USA

problem #11

Aug 112015

Sportage

  • 80,000 miles
Steering wheel locks when making a left turn at speeds under 45mph. Does it sporadically. Started at around 80000 miles.

- Mcdonald, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 232015

Sportage

  • 55,000 miles
Driving on minimally wet road, water is splashing into engine, light comes on engine stalls no steering. This has occurred on residential street, highway street, driving straight, accelerating from a complete stop, turning left or right. Called dealership from where car was purchased (four months ago) service manager unresponsive. Having a different dealership look at car, will try to re-create issue.

- Sag Harbor, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 232014

Sportage

  • 100,000 miles

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

The steering wheel freezes/locks up when decelerating in a turn. It's almost like the power steering goes completely out and you are unable to turn the wheel. However, when you push on the accelerator the steering releases. This makes it very difficult if not impossible to keep the vehicle in the proper lane when it occurs. Definitely a safety hazard that needs to be investigated before it cause an accident.

- Mount Eden, KY, USA

problem #8

Aug 092014

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The same complaint others have had, slow speed turn and you loose the ability to steer. It's almost like the car quits, but it is still running when it happens. This situation has been going on for a while and needs to be addressed.

- St Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #7

Aug 122013

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 34,800 miles
While operating my 2009 Kia Sportage and executing a sharp right or left hand turn while braking, the steering will sieze and the vehicle will not be able to complete the turn within the lane of travel. After numerous occurrences I discovered that the only way to get the steering to go back to normal is to remove the my foot from the brake and push on the accelerator. Because of this steering issue, I had my vehicle towed to the closest Kia dealer which is about 250 miles. The vehicle has been at the dealer for 3 weeks now, they say they can not duplicate the situation so they can't do anything.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #6

Oct 102013

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 144,546 miles

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

While driving through some curve on hwy 50 into austin nv. The power steering failed, on a hard right curve, no assist until I came into a straight away, power steering worked fine, then again on a right curve it failed. No power assist with steering until I got back onto a straight away. Stopped in austin check power steering fluid level, it was within tolerances. Note: Each failure lasted approximately 1000 feet. No dash warning indicators illuminated. I am the original owner. This has been an on going issue since about 100K miles. Dealer could never duplicate, and no other issues with power steering. We have had the power steering pump flushed, but no change since this last episode mechanic could not locate an issue, suggested putting on a new power steering pump.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #5

Apr 112011

Sportage

  • 49,693 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while completing a turn, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken for diagnosis and the contact was advised that the steering rack was leaking. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 49,693 and the approximate current mileage was 80,000.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #4

May 172013

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
:: warning :: dangerous :: Kia Sportage defect :: I own the 2009 Kia Sportage and it seems that there is a pervasive problem with the power steering cutting out, making the vehicle virtually impossible to navigate. This is very dangerous problem and the complaints and blog post online further validate the seriousness of problems and its widespread prevalence. I hope Kia will step-up and fix this very dangerous defect before someone gets killed or seriously injured. Thanks! two short url sources: goo.gl/X30N9 and goo.gl/24P3Q

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 012012

Sportage

  • miles
2009 Kia Sportage. Consumer states problem with vehicle steering the consumer stated when turning, the steering wheel would lock up. The consumer stated the dealer was unable to fix the problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Feb 082010

Sportage

  • 13,027 miles
Vehicle pulls to right, has been reported to and looked at by jim butler Kia St louis, has been back to jim butler many times since February, they are unable to repair it, I believe may safety is compromised by this condition.

- Pacific, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 072009

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. While driving approximately 6 mph he experienced difficult steering. Also the vehicle failed to convey to the fuel economy recommended standards of 16 to 24 mpg for in the city driving. The vehicle maintained a fuel economy of 12 mpg. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the vehicle was new, and must attain 4,000 mileage for resolution to the malfunctions. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on five separate occasions for the identical failures in which there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was 130. The current mileage was 779. Updated 11/10/09 updated 11/13/09.

- Allentown, PA, USA

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