2009 Kia Rondo electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,697 miles

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2009 Kia Rondo electrical problems

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2009 Kia Rondo Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 242016


  • miles


When driving the care in wet conditions, car either looses power or dies when right front wheel hits a water puddle. Even small puddles cause car to loose power. Problem seems to be that water gets on the belt very easily. Having the belts tensioners tightened helps some, but does not eliminate the problem. I live in Oregon and this problem happens quite frequently. 2009 Kia Rondo LX with 4 cylinder engine. Either road, highway or back roads, water puddles result in problems. Note: This is not driving through high water errors, even 1 to 2 inch puddles will do it. Continuous problem over the 5 years we have owned the car. Also speed does not seem to be much of an influence.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #7

Oct 272015


  • 79,576 miles
The engine fan keeps running when the car ignition is turned off. This happens intermittently and when it does happen, it drains the battery.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 042015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rondo. Whenever the vehicle drives through water and has a splash, the battery light illuminates and the power steering fails for a few minutes. Initially, the contact thought the failures were caused by heavy rain and large bodies of water; however, they occurred any time the vehicle went through water. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #5

Feb 182015


  • 95,000 miles


While driving 30 mph, through a puddle, the car lost all ability to steer. Power felt as if it shut off for approximately 1 minute. Not the first time this has happened. Can you please investigate or do recall for whatever parts need to be replaced"?"

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014


  • 83,000 miles
When I am driving and I hit water or slush on the road way at times my car will loss all power steering and breaking and the lights for the battery and other systems lights come on. It sometimes last for 10 second to 20 seconds. This cause my car to be unsafe for driving because all at one time you lose so much control.

- Garfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 022014

Rondo 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
2009 Kia Rondo has power steering and alternator failure during rain storms. The vehicle completely loses power steering, the brake and battery lights appear on the dashboard, and car sometimes shuts off. The car will restart, but makes a high-pitched screeching noise temporarily. It seems to happen mostly when the car is turning. I have not been in an accident yet, but it worries me to drive it in the rain (it even does it sometimes when driving through a puddle). I've seen many complaints about this on different forums, including Kia.com forums. A couple links are listed below: www.Kia-forums.com/Kia-carens-Rondo-forum/82332-power-steering-failure-wet-conditions-Kia.html it is surprising that there has not been a recall of any type on this problem. Please look into this.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 022013


  • miles
When key is removed from the ignition switch, indicates that the key is still on. Have to restart and remove the key to disable them. Navigation unit freezes. Have to eject the cd and close them to enable use the navigation unit took the vehicle 3 or 4 times, dealer responding back that they are not able to replicate the issue.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 202009


  • miles
Water/mud gets into engine compartment during heavy rain. A day after driving in heavy rain, I opened the hood, and the right (passenger) side of the engine compartment was covered with a layer of mud. This included the engine, wiring, and most electrical components. I have never, in 37 years and nearly one million miles of driving, had this sort of intrusion into the engine compartment of any vehicle I have owned. Our fear is not only the possibility of an electrical fire, but of the slow failure of electrical components, causing serious problems, including fire, in the future. The Kia dealership told me to talk to the factory rep, which I did on or about 7/30/09. The reps reply was a standard 'don't worry about'. he said all shields where in place, and he would have the service dept clean it up for me and apply a heavy coat of silicone spray to the engine compartment. I see this as a band-aid to a potentially serious fire problem.

- Madison, VA, USA

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