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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 miles

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2012 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 102011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 500 miles


Driving at approx. 35 mph, exiting the 405 S freeway in socal on the brookhurst N exit ramp, heard a loud pop. Checking the front windshield, I see a long 13 inch crack in the glass at the top right hand corner, beginning at the edge of the windshield where it's connected to the car body frame and extending left toward the center of the windshield. After parking the car, I inspect the crack, which is completely smooth, indicating that it was not possible for a rock to have chipped or gouged the glass to start the crack. Any glass dust was found at the edge of the windshield where the crack originated. Clearly, a stress crack. This is a safety issue because if the front windshield were to crack or shatter unexpectedly during normal and safe operation of a moving vehicle, then that would certainly be a possible cause for an accident and/or injury to the driver and any passengers.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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