hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,357 miles

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2012 Kia Forte electrical problems

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2012 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 252016


  • 41,000 miles


Driving home on christmas day from my parents on the freeway, heard a noise in engine immediately pulled over. Noticed that the car was smoking. The car wouldn't turn off and my husband got out and upon opening the hood of the car noticed it was in flames. He immediately yelled for us to all get out of the car. As we started running the entire car went up in flames. Thankfully we got out when we did, however all of my children's christmas gifts, all of our belongings weren't so lucky. My kids are traumatized and in shock. The car only had 40K miles on it. Recently had the 35K service by Kia and nothing was wrong with it. Yet their warranty meant nothing. They won't even inspect the car yet they determined that it isn't their problem. How does a relatively new car just burn up "!"!

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 202016


  • 49,000 miles
The alternator isn't charging the battery fully according to my voltmeter. According to the Kia dealership I just needed a new battery. This is the 3rd battery already. Luckily the car seems to die after it is parked. Also while driving it on the highway it accelerated on its own once and interior lights flickered and radio cut out. Hoping it is just a freak occurrence because the battery was weak.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #5

Jan 282016


  • 84,500 miles
Just recently (within this month) I have noticed that when I turn on my blinker either way, or step on my break my radio or music from my phone cuts out. It does not happen every time and I do not notice it happening at a particular speed. It happens mostly on the freeway but I just notice it did it on a surface street today. My headlights and my inside roof lights flicker also. Had a friend check it out and he said he could not find anything. Checked all the wiring for corrosion, something grounding where it shouldn't be, check my battery voltage and my transmission. Cannot figure out the problem and I am concerned about it being an electrical issue due to me driving 100+ miles a day, 6 days a week. Last thing I need is for my car to catch fire...

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 072016


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owned a 2012 Kia Forte. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire as he walked outside. The contact noticed that the windows were black from the residue of the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. A police report was not filed. The fire extinguished itself before the firefighters were called. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Freemont, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012014


  • 50,000 miles
My 2012 Kia Forte has a problem with the engine suddenly racing, and acting like it is out of gear. I have taken it to my mechanic and they keep telling me that they can't find the problem. I also get problems with the brake lights: I get told that they're out when they aren't. I do regular maintenance and oil changes on my vehicle. It started in April, 2014, at first occasionally, but now it is almost constant. If the problem is not found and fixed, I am in danger of losing my transmission and worse....updated 12/10/15

- Indianapolis, , IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 022015


  • 25,000 miles
I was pulled over by transit police and was informed that my brake lights were not working. I took it to the dealership and they want to charge me to have them look at it. If the problem falls to the warranty they will do it, but I still have to pay for the check-up. My tail lights work, but my brake lights do not illuminate when I press on the brake. Is there a recall?

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

problem #1

Jun 122013


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Kia Forte. The contact stated that while the vehicle was powered off and parked, the engine started racing. The vehicle stopping after running for one full hour. The contact had to have the vehicle towed to a dealer however, the dealer could not find an issue with the vehicle. The failure recurred later and the vehicle became engulfed in flames. In addition, the air bags independently deployed. The fire department was called and was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was then towed to a dealer, who stated that the coating around the wire near the emergency brakes had melted and left the wires exposed. The dealer stated that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

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