2000 Kia Sportage

6 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2000 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 2000 Kia Sportage, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: INCORRECT BATTERY JUMP-START

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00026

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: Allege battery may explode if owner's attempt to jump-state the vehicle by following the owner's manual diagram

  2. INVESTIGATION: 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.

  3. INVESTIGATION: FUEL TANK LEAKAGE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE06002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 04, 2006
    • Date Closed: May 09, 2006
    • Recall: No recall issued

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

    Summary: On January 4, 2006, the Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened a preliminary evaluation to investigate alleged fuel leakage from the steel fuel storage tank in certain model year 1999-2000 Kia Sportage vehicles.ODI sent a letter to the manufacturer on January 25, 2006 requesting information about these and other Kia Sportage vehicles.ODI is aware of 40 non-duplicative complaints that allege fuel storage tank leakage in the subject vehicles.analysis of manufacturer data indicates that alleged fuel leakage at or near the storage tank may be attributed to several different failure modes involving the fuel containment and distribution system.Kia has identified corrosion as a primary causal factor related to fuel storage tank complaints and continued fuel system part sales.according to Kia, fuel tank corrosion claims related to leakage can be divided into two categories: Lower tank claims associated with exterior corrosion due to disruption of the polyvinyl chloride (pvc) protective coating and upper tank claims associated with corrosion at the fuel sending unit mounting plate area.the manufacturer's investigation into alleged fuel tank corrosion resulting in leakage is ongoing.accordingly, this investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA06-007) to further study the frequency, scope, and safety consequences of the alleged defect.

  4. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BELT BUCKLE FALSE LATCH/MALFUNCTION

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA04007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 27, 2004
    • Date Closed: July 26, 2004
    • Recall: No recall issued

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

    Summary: The manufacturer has initiated a safety related campaign to recall the subject vehicles for correction of the seat belt buckle defect.the corrective action is to replace the seat belts/buckles.this safety recall program has been assigned NHTSA campaign no. 04V305.

  5. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BELT BUCKLE FALSE LATCH/MALFUNCTION

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ03007

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

    Summary: Information received and analyzed during this rq disclosed that MY 1999 and 2000 Kia sephia and Sportage vehicles were equipped with modified versions of the same safety belt latch assembly as those recalled in campaign no. 02V-216.these latch assemblies were identified as type A97. ODI analyses indicate a continuing trend of consumer complaints following a series of design modifications made by Kia to improve the A97 latch assembly.MY 2001 and 2002 subject vehicles were equipped with different design latch assemblies (type db-6 or autoliv) and exhibit a much lower complaint count.this rq has been upgraded to an ea in order to further investigate this matter for the subject vehicles equipped with type A97 latch assemblies.

  6. INVESTIGATION: VEHICLE ROLLOVER

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP02006

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 05, 2002
    • Date Closed: September 23, 2002
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

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