really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,824 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Kia Spectra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 082006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,200 miles


I was coming to a stop, depressing my brakes and the pedal went all the way to the floor, failing to stop my car. I pressed the brake pedal again, the car jumped forward and then came to a stop. This happened twice today, neither time causing an accident, but came close to hitting a house and a gas station.

- Harbor Springs, MI, USA

problem #3

May 252006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 224 miles
: the contact stated while driving 45 mph the vehicle rear ended another vehicle that had stopped without warning. This was a full front to rear incident. There was pre impact braking, the wheels locked up on the vehicle causing it to skid into the rear of the stopped vehicle. The air bag did not deploy. Seat belts were in use and no injuries were sustained. There was a police report filed at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair and is awaiting inspection.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #2

May 252006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 223 miles
On the afternoon of the 25th day of may in the year 2006, my wife and myself were driving down I-5 sb to mamc for her hospital appt. We were then involved in a multi-car accident off next to the off ramp of exit 123. We tried to slow down in time before noticing the just wrecked vehicle in front of us and my ABS in my 2006 Kia Spectra sx did not engage, my tires then locked up and I skidded and slid into the stopped vehicle. We hit them doing approx. 35-45 mph and smashed in the front of our car. At that time my airbags (both driver and passenger) did not deploy. There has been no corrective action from the time of the accident.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #1

May 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 650 miles
: the contact stated while approaching a stop driving 15 mph, the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. The brake pedal was depressed, let off and pressed again, the vehicle then surged forward, and this caused a rear end collision. Seatbelts were in use and no injuries were sustained. There was no police on scene and a report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to dealer; upon inspection the dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Ventura, CA, USA

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