really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,130 miles

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2015 Kia Sorento steering problems

steering problem

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2015 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012014


  • 17,000 miles


How can NHTSA give a 5-star safety rating to a 2015 Kia sorrento based on a 2013 crash test done on this model vehicle when there is obvious a problem with this vehicle in the 2014/2015 Kia sorrento models. Since 2014, there has been at least 2 serious injuries and other complaints due to this defect and its non-deployent of airbags, etc. (please look at the photos, video & small overlay crash report at www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/V/Kia/Sorento-4-door-SUV/2015) the manufactiurer was well aware of this since they redesigned the 2016 model. This defect should be made public for all vehicles affected with these issues which should repaired or recalled to avoid further risk of serious injuries and/or loss of life. It is completely wrongful, harmful and negligent of NHTSA to give an "5-star safety rating" on a later model vehicle based on an outdated test & without fully and appropriatel testing; renderimg false misrepresentation to the vehicle shopper.

- Freeport, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 022014


  • 17,000 miles
The contact rented a 2015 Kia Sorento. While driving at approximately 35 mph over railroad tracks, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required. The contact also stated that the vehicle independently accelerated without warning. The failure caused the vehicle to crash into the post of a billboard. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a vertebrae, neck, and back injuries and head traumas that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Sweeny, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 012014

Sorento 4-cyl

  • 2,020 miles
This Kia was rented from enterprise due to my car being in the shop. I found steering problems with this car as with the braking system already which I found odd as this is supposedly a brand new vehicle. Not only that it races intermittently sometimes more than 10 miles or so & at other it slows down even though the gas pedal is being pressed on. On December 1, 2014 I was driving home after visiting a friend who was returning to Ohio for college. Following the road, I had to cross some railroad tracks to as I was veering slightly left. This Kia steering locked & accelerated to approximately 40 or so miles, went off the railroad tracks & hit the mental posts holding a billboard. I was not drinking at all & was wearing my seatbelt. Airbags did not deploy & due to seatbelt, my back is broken & received major lacerations to my right eye & face. I was transported to 2 trauma units. This Kia Sorento has had steering & power problems since 2013 and unfortunate for me, I thought these issues were fixed & redesigned.

- Sweeny, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 052014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
This car is very hard to steer! it wanders left and right, I constantly have to keep making corrections. It will not go straight. It is dangerous! I can not make it go straight. Driving it requires continuous corrections, when you do try to correct the steering over corrects and you go drift the other direction. It is very fatiguing ! the electronic steering does not work! on my first call to the dealership they told me to put it in "sport" mode. This did nothing. I see that others have been told this so Kia knows that it does not work and this is their fix ? this happens at all speeds. Even turning corners requires making corrections because it will over turn.

- Mankato, MN, USA

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