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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,319 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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2007 Kia Rondo engine problems

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2007 Kia Rondo Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 122017


  • 105,200 miles


I was driving down the freeway at 70 mph when my check engine light illuminated and I immediately lost speed control. My speed began a quick decent to 25 mph. The car would not pick up at all. I made it to the side of the road and turned off the car. I called my husband, he asked a bunch of questions and had me restart the car. The check engine light was still on, but the car accelerated normally so I headed toward home. It happened again. I pulled over, waited and restarted the car. My husband had me go to the auto parts store to have the code read. I have attached pictures of the printouts that include the codes and definitions. I looked up the issue and see across car repair forums that this is a widespread issue with Kia vehicles. It's time for NHTSA to force a recall. Corporations would rather pay a wrongful death/injury fine than voluntarily make widespread repairs to mechanisms they know are faulty. Protect our interests; the safety of drivers, our loved ones, the roads and our livelihoods- if I can't get to work reliably, I won't have a job. Why should I have to pay for expensive repairs when the product is faulty across the board. Force a recall.

- Bow, WA, USA

problem #5

Mar 102016


  • 86,250 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Rondo. While driving 73 mph, the brakes failed to disengage the cruise control when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact pulled over to the shoulder and turned off the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the gear shift lever was stuck in the drive position, but was able to shift into park by using a key to press the shift-interlock tab. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,250.

- Meza, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 142015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Rondo. While driving approximately 40 mph with the accelerator pedal depressed, the vehicle jerked abruptly and the vehicle continued to move forward at a slower speed. The contact stated that the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the wheel speed and oxygen sensors failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #3

Jul 112013

Rondo 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


I was in an accident caused by unexplained and unexpected acceleration. While braking, and turning into a parking spot behind my office building, the car accelerated so quickly and unexpectedly the car jumped the park curbs and hit the building with enough force to break through the cinder block wall while only traveling approximately 10 feet. I went from coasting in with my foot on the brake at about 3-5 mph, to an open throttle full forward thrust, all the time I was depressing the brake. At some point the accelerator pedal broke entirely off. I can only assume that the broken accelerator caused the car to open throttle like it did.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012

Rondo 4-cyl

  • 89,250 miles
On several occasions in the past month while driving, my Kia Rondo stops responding as I attempt to accelerate. It has caused me to block traffic and could cause a serious accident. I took it to a local repair shop and they were unable to diagnose the problem. At this point I am afraid to drive the car as I am afraid of causing an accident. There is another problem which has been occurring for several months- driving through a puddle or any standing water causes th car to screech and make a loud grinding noise and causes a total loss of steering. This happens every time the roads are wet. It is so unsafe that I never drive in less than dry road conditions.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 192012

Rondo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,212 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Rondo. The contact stated that the engine would become resistant to acceleration attempts and enter into limp mode. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the throttle body position sensor, as well as the accelerator sensor pump control module. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the vehicle was repaired. The throttle control and the accelerator sensor pump control module were replaced. The failure and the current mileage was 63,212. Updated 07/13/12 updated 07/18/12

- Walpole , MA, USA

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