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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,650 miles

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2013 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2013 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 212015

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 21,300 miles


I was driving 50mph on a windy day. A semi passed us and the air pressure imploded the front sunroof. There was no debris other than shattered glass in the interior.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #1

Feb 012014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
This vehicle is equipped with running board that are "flush" with the bottom of the doors. Any time there is snow or ice, while driving the snow and ice will build-up on the running boards and make it difficult to impossible to open any of the doors. If a quick exit were required in poor weather or in case of an accident, it would be impossible to exit. We have documented the defect with photos and contacted the dealer and auto maker repeatedly, and always receive the same message, "we are contacting our field technical engineer." However, we never receive any other correspondence. On one occasion, we had our grandchildren in the vehicle and literally could not get the doors open to get them out on a routine stop. Imagine our concern if an accident were to occur.

- New Creek, WV, USA

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