NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2001 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 2001 Kia Sportage, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA06007

    • Status:
    • 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 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.

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