really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,692 miles

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2006 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #20

May 012015


  • 111,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. While the vehicle was parked, the rear passenger and driver side doors failed to open. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #19

Dec 292014


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the rear passenger side sliding door opened without warning. The contact also stated that the sliding door was only able to operate manually and failed to operate with the key fob. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 7,000. The VIN was not available.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #18

May 142014


  • 103,000 miles
Side sliding door opens while car is in drive. Luckily I was able to pull over and push it closed, but it scares me when I'm driving and my son is in his car seat and the door chime will go off because the door is opening. This needs to be fixed asap. Air bag light is on quite often and had to take to mechanic to see what was wrong.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #17

May 282011


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated when the rear passenger door was opened he noticed that the wires were protruding out of the plastic wiring cover. The vehicle was inspected by the owner and he noticed that the clamp needed to be replaced that holds the wires in place. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

- Pamona, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 282011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Rear sliding door wont latch or will come unlatched while driving. This is a serious safety issue. Kia has it on a service note but if car is not under warranty they will not repair.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

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problem #15

May 052011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 45,983 miles
On May 5, 2011, I was driving my 2006 Kia Sedona. My 2 children (age 2 and 7) and my mother were in the car. All of a sudden, the left passenger sliding door opened on it's own Accord. I was frazzled on how this may have happened as the car has great safety ratings which is why I purchased it Aug. 2006. I was so upset as this is a safety issue that needs to get addressed immediately. I called major service in lic, NY and they set up an appt for mon. 5/9/11. When I brought the car for service, I learned that this is a voluntary recall. I do not define this as a voluntary recall especially when you have your children present in the car when this occurs. They explained to me that the part had to be ordered because it is on back order. Such a recall should first not be voluntary and second should not be on back order. It is now 2 weeks later and I am still waiting for the part. I called Kia and they informed me that they will call the service manager and expedite the order. Meanwhile, I need to take my son to school and daughter to the babysitter, so I tied a rope to the door to avoid the door from fully opening while driving. I also have to hear the annoying beep notifying me that the a door is open. I am putting my children at risk for Kia's negligence. Need this corrected immediately.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 192011


  • miles


We own a 2006 Kia Sedona, bought used. The power sliding doors have malfunctioned numerous times. Once on the driver side, and now we are on the third repair for the passenger power sliding door in less than a year. The occurrences are random. The door will not close or latch whether we do it manually or use the power buttons. There is no warning; it just stops working. There are numerous complaints from other consumers about the exact same issue. This is very much a safety related issue, not just an inconvenience. At what point does a complaint stop being a service bulletin and become a product recall? the last repairs we had were covered under warranty, however, warranty does not last forever and it does not seem like the repairs are working for us or other consumers. This is clearly a product defect and not an issue of normal wear and tear. Consumers that are experiencing this same problem should not be obligated to have any out-of-pocket expenses related to what is an obvious product defect. Thankfully, there have not been any reported injuries or deaths that I was able to find. My hope is that Kia is not waiting for that to occur to issue a product recall.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #13

Aug 022010


  • miles
We have a 2006 Kia Sedona, with powered sliding side doors. We had our three grand kids with us, all under 6 and the side door would not close. It would go shut, and then open without locking. We were told by the dealer that there was a bad electronic switch. The problem: There was no manual overide to this problem. I had to drive it in the shop by jamming the door manually, and even then it came open several times on my trip to the dealer. If we had been in a severe thunderstorm, or a blizzard, we could have been in real trouble. There must be an overide for this. I pulled the fuses, but that did not help. The dealer is don sealye Ford, kalamazoo, Michigan.

- Paw Paw , MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 172010


  • 66,400 miles
While driving my 2006 Kia Sedona on the highway the rear passenger sliding door opened by itself with my child seated next to it in her car seat. After numerous attempts at trying to close the door by the power switches, I had to push the door closed manually. I got in my vehicle and drove to a nearby parking lot to move my child's car seat to the other side. I contacted my dealership to let them know I was on my way and gave an explanation of the issue. I was asked to wait until the next day, that they were busy and already had people waiting. I explained that I had my child in the car and was told perhaps I could use the vehicle without her in the car, but that they probably would not get a chance to fix the problem today. I expressed my disappointment and told him I would be coming now to the dealership as soon as I could get there. The door continued to open throughout my 30 minute drive to the nearest Kia dealership, leaving me to pull over and, again, manually try to close the door. This occurred 6 times. On pulling into the dealership parking lot, which is down a small hill, the door again slid open and closed. I was told by the mechanic that it was a mechanical problem with the latch on the sliding door. That the vehicles computer system does not recognize a broken latch as it is a mechanical part. I was told that the car looks at the open latch as if someone wants the door to open, not understanding that it could be a defect of the part itself. The part was replaced and I paid out of pocket for the expenses, as my limited warranty had expired. When I asked the dealership if this was a common problem, I was told that they had seen it before, but would not call this issue common. My concern is for the safety of my child. My choice in this vehicle was made based on safety. This defect of the latch on the door is not safe. And, common or not, must be addressed.

- Atkinson, NH, USA

problem #11

Oct 062009


  • 92,554 miles
In early Oct 2009 the driver side rear door of our 2006 Kia Sedona would not close. It was as if the lock was stuck in the locked position. We had it fixed at the Kia dealership. Then in Dec 2009 the passenger side back door had the same issue. We again had it fixed at the Kia dealership.

- Greenville, WI, USA

problem #10

Jan 032010


  • 39,000 miles


2006 Kia Sedona, sliding doors keep sticking or locking so you can not open them, in cold weather and in warm weather. After not being able to open doors, if car is drive or even setting after not being able to open doors the doors will then open causing lights & bells to come on. If driving you may have to stop to shut door, but if car is turned off and sitting, if the lights & bells come on you do not hear the warning and I have had my battery go bad. I have replaced the battery and now battery is going dead over night. This automoblie is the worst car I have ever owned. I bought this car in 2008 and have not had it 2 yrs and have replaced the battery, put 4 new tires on as tires keep loosing air pressure and head lights have blown 3 different times. As far as the doors sticking/locking I have reported it to my dealer and they stated they knew about the problem, but put some luburcate around the doors, wlhich I do not think is the cause of this defect, it acts more like locking of the doors. If I were to have a headon collision where both front doors were unable to oopen, and the car started on fire, neither I nor any passengerswould be alble to escape. I am not the only one with this problem, I have a relative that bought his 2006 Sedona in the state of Washington during the summer of 09 and his do the same thing and this person has 3 children that he has in his car. This should have been recalled long ago. The date that I am including below is going to be the last time this occured.

- Pavilion, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 012006


  • 2,000 miles
2006 Kia Sedona van power sliding passenger door does not close and seal properly. The door motor continues to run after the door is closed and then stops and releases the door.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 082008


  • 38,944 miles
August 12, 2008 after picking my children, 8yrs old and 4 years old up from the babysitter both sliding doors would shut and reopen on their own. I was able to get to finally get both doors shut by shutting off the electronics of the door. However when I left my babysitters and the first right turn I made the driver side sliding door flew open, while my son was sitting there. I called Kia in fort wayne, my car was towed the next day and returned to me on the 13th with the passenger side control module replace. The driver side sliding part was on back order. On Sept. 3, 2008 my drivers side sliding door control module was replaced. Here it is September 8, 2008 and the driver side passenger door is doing this again. I called Kia in fort wayne and they can get Mar car in on Wednesday. Kia fort wayne I feel has done everything they can as far as replacing the part, but this door is coming open while I'm driving, because something is seriously wrong. I have video recorded this door no latching at the time it happened on September 8th. I hope that Kia seriously looks into this major safety issue. I work in the automotive industry and can honestly I am disgusted in how Kia is handling this safety issue. Is Kia waiting for a death to take place? I found 4 other complaints on this same make/model on - www.motorpits.com that states they get the information from this website.

- South Whitley, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 252008


  • 12,000 miles
Power side passenger door opens without warning when in motion. Does not do this all the time just out of the blue no warning. The vehicle has been in the shop several times for the doors and as well as other problems. My main concern is the doors. I have 3 children 3, 7 and 10 and use the vehicle as little a possible and no longer take their friends as well as our dog in this vehicle. I purchased the Kia Sedona ex in July 14,2006 and it has only $15,165 miles on it. I have no confidence in the service department and I don't believe they understand the seriousness of my problem. I have done some research online regarding similar complaints in chat rooms, is anything being done about this issue? I am currently working on a case through the lemon law.

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #6

Jul 142008


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2006 Kia Sedona. It was bought used in 2007. Approximately one year later both sliding door latches broke. Once opened in normal everyday use the doors would no longer latch closed. The passenger side sliding door was the first to go. After closing the door repeatedly and having it bounce back open we finally got it to latch shut. We then tied the door shut until we could get it in to be serviced. While driving through a parking lot the door again bounced open as far as the rope would let it. On the day before we took the Kia into be serviced the driver side sliding door did the same thing. Thankfully the Kia was parked in our driveway when this happened. Nothing we could do, other than tying the door shut, would get the door to latch. This is a 2 year old vehicle. The latches should not be having problems. Thank god no one was injured or worse, however if the doors had fully opened while going down the road at normal speed someone could have easily been injured or fallen out.

- Brewerton, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 012008


  • miles
Both rear sliding doors on our 2006 Kia Sedona have issues latching. They can come open while driving, if not tied down well. Once we are able to get them to stay shut they cannot be opened or they pop open while driving or do not shut at all without being tied down. This happens everytime the doors are opened for the last month. No correction has been able to be done except tying the door shut.

- Brewerton, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 252006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 350 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. When the contact attempted to close the electronic sliding door on the passenger side of the vehicle, the door closed. However, it re-opened immediately afterwards. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. Approximately three weeks later, the failure recurred and the dealer reset the computer. Approximately one month later, the failure recurred and the dealer stated that they did a re-learn. Approximately seven months later, the contact stated that the sliding door failed to close when the button was depressed. She was forced to close the door manually. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure once more. The current mileage is 15,000 and failure mileage was 350.

- West Branch, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 012007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the sliding doors would not stay open and would close without warning. This failure has caused bruises on four different occasions. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer lubricated the latches on the door, but this did not remedy the failure. The door continued to close without warning. The manufacturer stated that the doors would close if the windows were down. The current mileage is 7,000 and failure mileage was 300.

- Great Meadows, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 162007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,400 miles
I was in a parking lot once again, loading my children in the passenger side of the 2006 Kia Sedona that we have, and when I went to shut the door, it bounced back open five times without latching...this will make the fourth time that we are going to take it in tomorrow morning for door problems...this will make the third time that we have had the same problems with the passenger sliding door bouncing back open, and not latching. Big safety issues that need addressed soon! the first time taken in, problem could not be duplicated...second time, the service dept installed new cables in both sliding doors, the third time was for the drivers side sliding door, that was stuck open and would not shut at all and had to drive down a busy street that way...they found a cable nut that was unplugged in the door and supposedly fixed that, but they would not provide me with any proof of my vehicle being in the service dept while I went to pick up the van from obrien...service guy kept saying he would put my papers in the mail....sounds kinda fishy to me....and now this (doors bouncing open again on the passenger side) I have two very small children that ride in the two seats there, but the service dept and obrien does not seem to care about that...so, we will see what happens in the morning!

- Bartonville, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,900 miles
: the contact stated after closing the sliding doors, one or the other intermittently opened without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the problem could not be duplicated. The vehicle is a 2006 Kia Sedona.

- Naples, FL, USA

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