NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Kia Sportage

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1998 Kia Sportage, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. ENGINE STALLING POST-RECALL NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ02013

    Component(s): Electrical System:Wiring
    Electrical System:Wiring:Front Underhood
    Engine And Engine Cooling

    Summary: RQ02-013 was opened to assess the scope and adequacy of recall 99V-325, which involved modifications to the engine fuel injection wire harness (harness).vehicles produced after the recall population have shown no signs of a defect trend.the majority of recall remedy failures identified were repaired within one day of the initial work.subsequent failure experience is minimal (249/55,548 vehicles remedied).field data show no indication of an ongoing concern: Of 627 post-recall stalling-related wire harness warranty repairs, only seven occurred in 2003.consumer complaints and fuel injection wire harness saleshave declined since 2001.ODI has received a total of twelve potentially relevant consumer complaints since 2001.under these circumstances, further expenditure of Agency resources is not justified.the recall query is therefore closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists.the Agency will take further action in the future if circumstances warrant.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ02013 »

  2. TURN SIGHAL NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00018

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: Alleged that while driving, the turn signal switch failed

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA00018 »

  3. TURN SIGNAL, TRAFFIC SAFETY HAZARD NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00004

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 13, 2000
    • Date Closed: June 29, 2000
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: Allege that while driving, the turn signal switch failed.this failure increases the risk of a vehicle crash due to operator distraction and due to other vehicles being uninformed of the operator's intentions.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE00004 »

  4. FUEL TANK LEAKAGE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA06007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 09, 2006
    • Date Closed: November 30, 2007
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly

    Summary: A safety-related defect trend has not been identified at this time.review of the warranty data revealed elevated tank leakage experience in vehicles produced from June 1999 to October 2000.analysis of complaints and warranty claims identified multiple causes and origins of fuel tank assembly leakage.the majority of complaints involve non-specific allegations of fuel leakage where more than one fuel system component was replaced.ODI's analysis focused on leaks occurring on the underside of the tank due to corrosive failure caused by disruption of the protective pvc coating.the analysisindicates that such leaks are rare and do not show evidence of an increasing trend. Accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will take further action if warranted by the circumstances. See document file for additional information regarding this resume.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA06007 »

  5. SAFETY BELT BUCKLE MALFUNCTION NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02051

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Buckle Assembly

    Summary: Alleged that the driver side safety belt buckle may "false latch" and expose driver to unrestrained movement during a crash

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02051 »

  6. WINDSHIELD WIPER NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99033

    Component(s): Visibility

    Summary: Alleged windshield wiper becomes inoperative when the wiper arm and pivot separate

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE99033 »

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