2011 Kia Forte accessories - exterior NHTSA complaints: Visibility:Defroster/Defogger System

NHTSA — Visibility: Defroster/Defogger System Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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2011 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 032014


  • 20,000 miles


The air conditioning system (A/C) is creating mold in the vehicle. Kia will not repair and has refused to address the problem. The vehicle developed a very strong odor while running the A/C and was taken to the dealer for repair. Both the dealer and Kia motors, usa have done nothing to address the mold issue. Both aspergillius/penicillium and stachybotrys/memnoiella were found in greater abundance in the interior air sample than in the exterior air sample. The environmental company performing the test recommended that "the duct system in the vehicle needs to be treated with a fungicide to kill existing mold spores and help prevent new mold growth." The test results were share with Kia motors of America, irvine California, and no corrective measures or repairs have been conducted by Kia. I have idled the vehicle and it is no longer in use since my daughter developed serious headaches while operating the vehicle with the A/C on. I had to purchase another vehicle and the Kia is just sitting in front of my home since it is not drive able. This is a serious health and safety issue and I cannot get any action from Kia to resolve this issue. Mold is not an issue just in the home as we have found in this situation. The Kia technicians working on these vehicles are inhaling mold, and owners driving these vehicles are also inhaling mold. Granted, it is not a mechanical issue, but it does impact the safety and health of drivers operating a vehicle with mold in et A/C system. A mechanic has suggested that the evaporator core in these vehicles may be defective, or a design defect allows moisture to accumulate in the A/C system and develop mold. Thank you,

- Tustin, CA, USA

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