2008 Kia Sorento exhaust system NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,000 miles

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2008 Kia Sorento exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2008 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 272008


  • 4,000 miles


My 22 yr son. Was driving a Kia Sorento, at highway speed on 11/27/08 on I-10 w in houston, tx, just East of loop 610. The vehicle was a rental from enterprise rental car and had ca. 4000 miles on the odometer. My son reports hearing a loud boom from the engine compartment and immediately noticed smoke coming from the dashboard vents. He immediately pulled the vehicle over to the median shoulder and exited the vehicle, noticing dark smoke coming from the hood, then flames. He promptly called 911. The operator said she had his vehicle fire on the overhead highway camera. My son is a culinary student and rapidly retrieved his valuable knife roll from the rear seat floorboard, but was unable to get anything else from the vehicle because of the heat and smoke. He says the fd arrived within 5 mins and doused the engine fire. There was extensive fire damage to the front passenger compartment and less so to the rear passenger compartment. My son is smart, quick and agile. Thus, he suffered no physical injury, but was quite distraught. He will do well. I am an emergency physician with 20 yrs of experience. I have very serious concerns regarding this apparent catastrophic failure that rapidly resulted in an engine and vehicle fire. It is apparent that a definitely adverse outcome, including serious injury and/or death could result if the occupants were elderly or a family with children in proper restraints, booster or infant seats. Additionally, my son reacted rapidly and immediately pulled over. Another tragic scenario could occur if there were a narrow or no shoulder. Thank you for your review and action.

- Tucumcari, NM, USA

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