2008 Kia Sportage brakes NHTSA complaints: Electronic Stability Control

NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,840 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 102016


  • 88,000 miles


I was driving the vehicle when my ESC light, brake light and check engine light came on. I just got the car inspected and it passed fine. I took it to the shop where they said an oil sensor was bad. They replaced that. The very next day the lights went on again and the car was having trouble shifting into gears. It was jumping and accelerating intermittently. I took the car back to the shop and they said I had 4 transmission codes. They said the ABS system needed to also be replaced which the part alone was over $2000. This car only had 88,000 miles. I drove the car to mccafferty Ford where they advised me to not fix vehicle the cost was far more than what I would get as a trade. It needed a new ABS box which alone was over 2000 without labor. It needed a timing chain 600 and some maintance stuff 700. This car never needed anyting but tires, brakes, oil changes etc. I find it hard to believe at 88, 000 all this could go wrong unless there was a defect in the ABS or transmission. After looking this up I see that this is a very serious issue and concern. I traded in vehicle and was only give 500 as a trade.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 092015


  • miles
Brake fluid had leaked into the ABS control module disabling the ABS, ESC and brakes

- Niagara, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012014


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated when the brake pedal was not being pressed. The contact also mentioned that the electronic stability control light illuminated. The dealer advised that NHTSA campaign number 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) was performed but the failure was not corrected. The failure mileage was 48,000 and current mileage was 51,000.

- Springfield , VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152013

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 28,200 miles
Approximately, two weeks after purchase in 01/2013, "ESC off, " light came on multiple times at various speeds including vehicle start up. I made several calls to place of purchase regarding intermittent, "ESC off, " light. Pressing " ESC off, " dash button has no effect and the light stays illuminated. Dealer of purchase took vehicle to Kia service and the diagnostic was TPMS light is on, advise. At no time did the TPMS light ever come on, nor was it reported as such. Vehicle was returned with no work done, and place of purchase was informed that tire(s) were low. Currently, the "ESC off, " light is still illuminating and brake lights have failed. Tire pressure check by recent service (oil change) was reported as normal. According to Kia customer support and the Kia dealership of service, this vehicle is not included in the recall issued 01 April, 2013. Purchase mileage 27,476, mileage at Kia service 30,328 on 21 Feb, 2013. Several online forums including Kia-forums.com report this problem as far back as 2007 models.

- New Holland, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 022010


  • miles
Electronic stability system (ess) doesn't work on cold days. When starting car ess off light is on and the ess system won't work. Took car to dealer in spring 2010 and dealer indicated that problem was a bad brake light switch. Dealer replaced switch and ess appeared to be repaired. Cold weather hit again and the ess doesn't work again.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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