2008 Kia Sedona electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2008 Kia Sedona (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,156 miles

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2008 Kia Sedona electrical problems

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2008 Kia Sedona Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Mar 012016


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Kia Sedona. While driving, the sliding doors erroneously unlocked and opened. The failure occurred on both the driver and passenger sides. Also, while operating the vehicle, the traction control system would erroneously activate. After inserting the key into the ignition switch, the vehicle would attempt to start before the ignition key was turned. The cause of the failures was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Farmersville, IL, USA

problem #25

May 032016


  • 146,683 miles
This van has the exact same issue with the brake switch that all the others had in recall. Shifter is stuck in park. ESC light is on and brake lights are not working. There are no open recalls for this issue on the VIN number. Further, the Kia dealership refuses to fix it free of charge.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #24

Oct 082015


  • miles
None of my interior lights work, with doors opened or closed. Now my parking brake lights stay (rear passenger & 3rd brake light) on even when the ignition is off and lights are off

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #23

Jan 222014


  • 97,000 miles


For the first incident, while coming to a stop sign, my son was driving the vehicle stalled and the ignition powered off, power steering failed, brake and battery lights came on and quickly the power came back on though the power steering still failed. Van had to be shut off and restarted for power steering to resume. This was first happening very infrequently but is now happening more, usually when coming to a stop but has also happened at steady speeds - 35mph, 20 mph, 5 mph. It usually happens in very heavy rains/wet conditions but has also happened once or twice in dry conditions. In addition: *passenger blinker will stop working for a week or two then randomly start working again (this pattern continues). The bulb has been replaced but it continues to happen. *passenger side door locks do not respond to key faub or power locks and have to be locked/unlocked manually. *passenger door randomly will not open from the inside or out. Cigarette lighter no longer works. I believe this is all related to the electrical system with the biggest obvious concern of the vehicle's power out and loss of steering. Clearly, this can cause a major accident. Mechanic was unable to reproduce the engine stall issue.

- East Taunton, MA, USA

problem #22

Jul 262013


  • miles
Trouble with both sliding doors, replaced motor to passenger sliding door about 2 weeks after purchasing the vehicle, taken the car in multiple times since due to the doors not opening manually or with key fob. They have been checked out by dealership, but nothing has been found. I would get alerts periodically that the doors are opened while driving or turning a corner, many times when they wont open and with my kids in the car, have to pull over and open and close the doors again, its like they wont latch all the way. Now the driver side passenger door motor needs to be replaced, unable to open or close it manually at this time, I get constant alerts that the door is open while driving, I fear that it will fly open and my child might fly out. Since I have at least 5 kids in my car at all times, 2 in car seats, not many places to sit them other then next to the doors.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #21

Mar 022015


  • 102,000 miles
I have had numerous problems with the passenger doors. Recently in March the left passenger door came open while driving with my 7 year old in that seat. I had to pull over and close the door but it wouldn't stay latched and ended up tying it with a rope to keep it closed. I took it to the dealer and called Kia customer service who fixed the car and paid for it with their good will service. This weekend the same thing happened on the right side passenger door. This morning I called Kia customer service and they said they would pay for the $93 part but I had to pay for the $300 labor charge. I have had numerous problems with the electrical doors not shutting in the past. I have been told the motor is to small for the door. I am now concerned because the doors are not latching and flying open at anytime. My children's safety is at risk. When speaking with steve at Kia customer service I asked to be contacted with the regional manager and was refused. Steve spoke to the regional manager who said they would pay for the part but not the labor and couldn't give me any explanation as to why the doors are not latching and he would not take my call. I do not want to have to worry about my children's safety and they do not feel safe riding in the car. I just want the car to operate in the way it is intended and not have these safety issues.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #20

Feb 012011


  • 20,800 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the driver side sliding door did not open electronically or manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times. The dealer replaced the door motor and the sliding mechanism; however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,800. Updated 09/28/16

- Nokomis, FL, USA

problem #19

Oct 302014


  • 66,785 miles
This mini-van has manual sliding doors. Since newly bought, the sliding doors have been difficult to open and close. One problem corrected under warranty eliminated the warning ding when under speed indicating a sliding door was ajar. Another corrected problem was the loose door handles caused in part B the amount of force passengers had to use to open the sliding door when not locked, like it was stuck shut. The current problem is the right (driver) side sliding door will not unlock at all, either through the key fob or by manually operating the inside lever to unlock the door. As it will not open, it is a serious safety flaw in that no one inside during a crash can exit through the door, and no one outside the minivan can open the door to free a trap child are infant. Kia has replaced one part which did not fix the problem, and now is replacing an electrical control box.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #18

Jul 012014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 188,000 miles
The vehicle periodically won't start. This is a safety issue because should the vehicle stall while driving or pulling into traffic and vehicle won't restart immediately, it could cause a crash. It is not a starter, battery or other related issue as far as our mechanic can determine. There have been numerous reports on line by Sedona owners as it is apparently an inherent problem with the Sedonas of various years. People have reported that starters have been replaced in their vehicle and it will resolve the problem for a short period of time only to return a short time later. Others state that their mechanics think it could be related to the anti-theft device in the vehicle. No one seems to have a sure fix for the problem and Kia apparently is not doing anything about it or making any recalls to fix the problem. Various things will get the car to start such as locking and unlocking the doors several times, jiggling the gear shift and turning the steering wheel or opening and closing the doors. Some days it will do it only once and other days it will do it several times.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 142014


  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2008 Kia Sedona van and have been having problems just recently with the head light bulbs burning out. I have had to replace the driver front head light bulb twice in the last 4 months. After just replacing the last bulb just a little over a month ago, my driver side brake tail light bulb is now out. Is there something wrong with a connection in the wiring with these bulbs? I have notice several Kia Sedona's on the road that have blown head light bulbs. Those bulbs are not cheap and they are also hard to find as well. This is a problem that Kia should be addressing.

- Sheffield Lake, OH, USA

problem #16

Oct 152009


  • 12,000 miles


I have had to replace headlights & turn signal lights every 3 months. I have spent hundreds of dollars on the light bulbs replacements alone. Not to mention all the sensors I have had to replace. I have spent thousands of dollars on those alone.

- Swanton, OH, USA

problem #15

Oct 232013

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 55,055 miles
This complaint is in relation to existing complaint at NHTSA. My 2008 Kia Sedona (still under warranty since purchased in January 2009) continues to have an issue with the driver side sliding door opening and closing. Kia service department has been very diligent in attempting to fix the issue on three separate occasions. The first occasion, the service department could not replicate the issue. I went to pick the vehicle up and right away was able to show the service center the issue. They witnessed the issue and ordered a replacement part of which Kia of fredericksburg replaced. Approximately 1 month later, the same issue with the same door surfaced again. This second time the dealership kept the vehicle for one week (Monday żż Friday, 9/23-9/27/2013) and replaced two more parts on the door. The issue still remains after three component replacements/repairs. Approximately 1 month after the second visit, the driver side sliding door started experiencing the same opening/closing issue however a new issue surfaced. The driver side sliding door came ajar twice while the vehicle was in motion (with pwr on in overhead console) and came ajar once while the vehicle was in motion (without pwr on in overhead console). This is a huge safety issue as the sliding door should not open at all while the vehicle is in motion and especially after the door has latched successfully after closing. All three times the door was manually shut and engaged. The vehicle was last seen on 10/29/13 and the service department is unable to replicate the issue although a major issue still remains as the driver side sliding door opens while in motion and has issues opening and closing after 3 repairs. I cannot afford to continue bringing the vehicle back and forth for several economical and personal reasons. Simply put, the door needs to be 100% operational and safe. Request Kia resolve the issue.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #14

Jul 232013

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 52,693 miles
My 2008 Kia Sedona (still under warranty since purchased in January 2009) continues to have an issue with the driver side sliding door opening and closing. Sometimes the door would not open/close entirely, would stop as it open/closes, or will not open at all electronically, only manually. Kia service department has been very diligent in attempting to fix the issue on two separate occasions. The first occasion, the service department could not replicate the issue. I went to pick the vehicle up and right away was able to show the service department the issue. They witnessed the issue and ordered a replacement part of which dealership replaced. Approximately 1 month later, the same issue with the same door surfaced again. This second time the dealership kept the vehicle for one week (Monday żż Friday, 9/23-9/27/2013) and replaced two more parts on the door. The issue still remains after three component replacements/repairs. Furthermore, the inside wall/casing from previous work on the driver sliding door is now coming apart and needs to be fixed. Additionally, the passenger sliding door showed one symptom of the same issue as the driver sliding door with opening and closing as well as very difficult to open when the pwr is turned off in the overhead console (more difficult than usual). Therefore there is concern the passenger sliding door is going to start experiencing the same issue as the driver sliding door. I have contacted Kia customer assistance center requesting Kia fix the issue to 100% operational and warranty the work/parts past the original vehicle warranty period at no cost to me. This issue is not isolated as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) żż www.safercar.gov has record of at least 7 cases for Kia Sedona 2008 vehicles experiencing identical or similar issues with sliding doors just like my vehicle.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #13

Oct 182013

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 93,700 miles
I replaced a blown 10 amp fuse on a dealer installed trailer wiring harness adapter. 15-20 minutes later I noticed a fire coming from driver's side rear light assembly. Removed fuse, removed lighting assembly, put out fire. In looking at damage, trailer harness adapter was melted along with several wires attached to it. Foam bumper padding caught fire and was melted. No visible body damage.

- Eastlake, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 272011


  • miles
Bought a new 2008 Sedona. 2 years later noticed radio, right front turn signal and ac power outlet were not working. Took it into the dealership and they replaced a blown fuse. 18 months later right front turn signal is out again and took it to the dealership.they fixed it by bending a metal piece in the plug to make more contact with the bulb. 2 1/2 weeks later, I have my 3 kids in the car and my accelerator loses all power and the ESC light comes on as well as the check engine light. I was able to coast it over to the shoulder, turned the car off and waited a few minutes. Turned the car back on and pressed the accelerator and was able to drive it home. The check engine light is still on and I can't get an appointment with the dealership for 2 weeks!!!

- Earlysville, VA, USA

problem #11

May 052011


  • 50,000 miles
It started with the fuses for the power plug in the front blew several times and had to be replaced. About 2 months after that the turn signal bulb kept going out on the passenger side, we thought at first that the bulb kept blowing out. This kept happening every couple of months until about 10 months ago now every couple of weeks the bulb blows again and we have to keep buying bulbs and paying to have them replaced. One of the people who inspected our car this month was going to replace another bulb but he told us that as soon as he touched the bulb it started working again. That there must be a short of some kind but he passed the inspection since the bulb worked now. After that we kept noticing that every time we went out and it started to get dark we didn't have our headlights on, we didn't think anything about it the first time because it was right after the inspection and assumed the inspector had turned them off. But it has kept happening it has now happened at least 5 different times and I know I didn't cut them off and I am the only one driving the car. I have also in the last 6 months had the motor to the fluid dispenser for the windshield wipers stop working it worked one day and the next I pushed the button to clean the windshield and nothing happened. I have seen dozens of complaints online about people having the same problems and worse with their Kia Sedonas Kia needs to fix all of these problems or replace the cars.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #10

Jun 252013

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Went with my family to dinner and vehicle worked fine as usual. When we got back into the vehicle after dinner and I started it, I noticed the airbag light on, the A/C was on full blast and interior lights stopped working. Turned vehicle off, waited a minute and tried again with same results. Went home, disconnected the battery terminals, waited a couple of minutes and reconnected them and still the problem. Have looked on the internet and noticed other owners with same problem and no solution.

- Dallastown, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 042012


  • miles
Automatic sliding doors on both the driver and passenger side do not work properly. At times they do not open using the back seat button and/or using the console button. At other times the doors do not lock into place and caused the open door alarm to sound. In addition, the plastic casing on the wires in the door cracked and the wires were damaged during normal opening/closing of the doors. Both the wiring and the casing had to be replaced on both doors with no coverage by Kia.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jul 152009

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The power sliding door on this vehicle has failed to operate, thus slamming shut and almost crushing my daughters hand in the door. This car has been brought to the dealership to be fixed at least 7 times, and it still fails to operate as it should. They claimed to have fixed it, but the problem continues. Now I am out of warranty and basically stuck with this issue.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 072012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Purchased a 2008 Kia Sedona used with a 3yr 36K extended warranty. On the way home I tested to see if the cig lighter worked in the dash. The air bag light illuminated, and the interior lights no longer work. Also the A/C fan in the cabin is now stuck on high when in use. This is an annoyance however the major concern is the air bags will now not function. After extensive online research this is more than a common occurrence. Kia should be forced to recall every electrically faulty vehicle they put out. The electrical problems which are numerous always seem to disable the air bags and cause other issues. This is not safe and is a hazard to the public.

- Asheboeo , NC, USA

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