2018 Kia Niro fuel system problems: strong gas smell from vents

Strong Gas Smell From Vents


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
1,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2018 Kia Niro fuel system problems

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2018 Kia Niro Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 222018

Niro EX 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


I had a major horrible scare with my Kia Niro within the first few weeks of owning with a very strong gasoline and burning smells in the cabin of the car. First I thought that maybe I spilled gas on myself, but no, it was coming out of the vents each time I either ran the AC or heat didn't matter what setting you had it on it was bad. Along with the gas smell there was also a burnt wire/plastic smell which was so bad I was expecting to see smoke or flames coming out of the vents, it never did. Both smells made me completely nauseous and sick each time I had to drive the car I had to put the windows down to feel better.

The Dealership said it was part of the break-in process I said no way, I've owned enough brand new cars and these smells were not typical break in smells, they didn't find anything wrong with the car as I couldn't deal with the sicking odors anymore as it was only getting worse. I felt so uncomfortable in the car feeling this sick. There were other things among the smells just didn't seem well for a brand car it lacked power and had jerky/missing during acceleration. Good bye KIA brand. I ended up trading it in on a 2019 Buick Encore which has been a wonderful vehicle in the past month since my trade of the junky KIA.

- Michelle G., Airville, PA, US

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