2012 Kia Forte brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,200 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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2012 Kia Forte brakes problems

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2012 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 082014


  • miles


I bought this car in April 2014 and since then I've had about three times where the brakes are applied as I'm approaching a light and the car accelerates and lurches forward, again, while braking. Another time, June 8, 2015, I was driving and applied the brake to avoid a dip in the road and it felt like the brakes were slipping and the car was not stopping. It eventually stopped, but if there were a car in front of me I would have hit it. The moments are not consistent but when they happen, it is a serious concern.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 132015


  • 63,000 miles
I was pulled over by a [xxx] and was informed that my brake lights were not working. I took it to the dealership and had them look at it. They told me there was a recall for that exact problem on 2009-2010 models but there was not one yet on 2012 models. My tail lights work, but my brake lights do not illuminate when I press on the brake. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Independence , MO, USA

problem #3

Oct 042014


  • 27,000 miles
Left rear brake "wore out" and the entire braking system was suggested to be replaced. The rear axle brakes were at our cost. Kia regional claims this is "normal" as the dealership (ficcillo Kia, liverpool, NY) says they have "seen this before." That bothers me. If is a known problem...........? Kia regional has stopped responding.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 242014


  • 25,000 miles
September 24th at 6:30 a.M. traveling at 65mph on 91 freeway. Start to slow and then stop for traffic. Traffic starts to speed up and my vehicle goes into "limp mode?. car rev meter goes up to about 5, but car will not go faster than approx. 35 mph. Then within 20 seconds car surges forward and regains speed and rev counter drops to normal. Take car to Kia dealer its plugged into the computer. At 3pm he says there are no error codes. He and I take it for a test drive for approx. 20 miles and it does not replicate the problem. I advise him that it has done this twice before but only for a few seconds. October 1 at 6:40A.M I am traveling to work on the 91 freeway. I am doing 65 mph and start slowing down to approx. 20 mph as I pass the 55 interchange. Again traffic speeds up rapidly. I am in the middle lane. I accelerate and it goes into ?limp mode". the car will not go faster than approx. 35/40 miles per hour. The ESC light comes on. Cars are going past me as I am in a middle lane and I nearly get rear ended as a car behind me does not realize my speed. I pull into the slow lane just in case I need to pull to the hard shoulder. I continue slowly 5 miles to get off the freeway by work. I notice a burning smell. I get out of my vehicle and smell a very strong smell of burning that smells all over but appears to be very much stronger on the rear drivers side area. I turn the engine off. When I turn the engine back on there is no warning indicator on.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 042013

Forte 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
I was backing out of a driveway approx. 3 feet when the car lurched backwards at full RPM while the brakes were applied and the gas pedal went all the way to the floorboard. The only way I could get the car to stop was to turn off the ignition. It was like the brakes weren't working and the throttle was stuck. This "problem" caused damage to a support beam of a carport causing it to fail and fall on a car parked underneath. I know there are similar complaints such as this on this exact car, why hasn't there been any investigations and/or recalls on this car? this is a very unsafe car. By the way, this was a rental car and no one wants to take responsibility.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

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