really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,880 miles

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2007 Kia Sorento brakes problems

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2007 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 162016


  • 51,222 miles


The brake lamp switch continues to be faulty. In some cases the brake lights do not illuminate at all and other times the brake lights remain on and drain the battery. This occurs while driving or stationary. (this has been a recall and fixed 4 times and continues to occur).

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #7

Nov 222015


  • 125,000 miles
I own a 2007 Kia Sorento. Recently, my check engine and ESC off lights became illuminated on my dashboard. I noticed that my brake lights were not illuminating when I pressed the brake pedal. After looking up my car make and model on the NHTSA website, I noticed there was a recall for my model year Sorento for the exact same problems (NHTSA campaign number 13V114000/Kia service campaign SC098). I took the carto my local Kia dealership and they told me I was not eligible for the recall as my VIN was not included. As such, I have to drive around without functional brake lamps until I get this problem resolved--increasing my chances of being rear-ended. I travel constantly for work so I do not have the luxury of not driving. This needs to be investigated and resolved.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 042014

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,432 miles
ESC and check engine light illuminated. Took vehicle to dealer for repairs. Dealer service dept stated that brake light switch was at fault, but that it had been previously replaced in Mar 2010 under a recall campaign. After replacing switch this time, dealer service adviser stated that switch appeared to be original, but that I would still have to pay for parts and labor ($129.86). I paid but protested. I have serious doubts that brake light switch was replaced in Mar 2010 as dealer stated, since the recently replaced switch appeared to be original equipment. Subsequently, I feel as though I should not have to pay for the most recent (Aug 2014) repair, especially if switch had not been replaced under recall campaign previously. I suspect that dealer either falsified the Mar 2010 repair, and/or replaced recalled switch with identical replacement (which is prone to failure). What good is a recall if original defect was simply reinstalled? I do have possession of defective switch replaced in Aug 2014. Not only do I want my money returned to me, but I would like some assurance that the problem is now remedied with a reliable switch. Please respond.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #5

Aug 072014


  • 121,500 miles


My daughter was on her way to work, she was coming to a stop at the end of the road and had no brakes and she continued on across the road went up the bank across the road and when she reached the top it began sliding down and ended up laying on the passenger side. Thankfully she was not hurt to bad. I have had the car checked out, replaced the windshield and passenger door window and mirror. The mechanic replaced the master cylinder, and still had no breaks, come to find out after calling Kia they said it was the (hecu) unit.they are saying it will cost around $1500 to replace this.I have never heard of nothing more ridiculous. The car is still drivable. The passenger side doors are bent-up some, but they open and close just fine don't look good but its still drivable. I think Kia should replace this (hecu) because its a factory defect.

- Boonville, NC, USA

problem #4

May 272014


  • 50,000 miles
Part was already replaced on a mandatory recall. Now the replacements for the recall are failing. Kia will not stand behind the repair costs, this means many people will be driving with out brake lights. I am on my third switch- the part should easily out live the car! I am sure they replaced it with the same exact part thinking most people would be out of the vehicle by the time it failed again. I am sure this is not what you had in mind when you issued the other recalls on this part.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 052014

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,885 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sorento. The contact stated while she driving 45 mph the brake system locked failed to engage without warning and caused the gear shift to fail. The contact was unable to shift gears. The contact was able to coast the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was towed to the contacts home. The failure and current mileage was 71,885. Updated 6/10/14 according to the invoice the brake fluid was contaminated and the master cylinder was not holding pressure. Updated 07/24/24

- Remsenburg , NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012013


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brakes were depressed. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle due to not knowing that the contact was applying the brakes. The contact sustained injuries to the back and a police report was not filed. After the crash, the contact received notification that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign number: 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 170,000.

- Benton , KS, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sorento. While driving approximately 75 mph, the contact was unable to set the cruise control and unable to activate the stability control. The rear brake lights also would not illuminate. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the brake switch would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Benton , KS, USA

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