Kia Problems, Complaints, & Recalls

Kia, a South Korean automobile manufacturer, has an interesting history that spans several decades. Here’s a brief overview:

Founding and Early Years (1944-1970s): Kia was founded in 1944, initially as Kyungsung Precision Industry, a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts. It later transitioned to producing Korea’s first domestic bicycle in 1951. The company changed its name to Kia Industries in the 1950s and started building Honda-licensed small motorcycles in 1957, Mazda-licensed trucks in 1962, and cars in 1974.

Innovation and Future Directions: Kia has been investing in new technologies, including electric and hybrid vehicles, to adapt to the changing automotive landscape. The company has shown commitment to innovation and sustainability, with plans to introduce more eco-friendly models and technologies in the coming years.

Throughout its history, Kia has transformed from a local bicycle and motorcycle manufacturer to a global automotive powerhouse, known for its quality, design, and value.

Kia Common Problems

Here’s a brief summary of some common issues with Kia cars over the last 10 years:

2013 Kia Models: The 2013 model year appears to have been particularly troublesome, with models like the Kia Sorento and Kia Optima receiving the most complaints. The 2013 Sorento was frequently mentioned for issues.

2016 Kia Sorento: This model year is also listed among the worst, alongside the 2013 and 2014 Sorento and the 2015 Sorento.

2023 Kia Sportage: Recent complaints about the 2023 Kia Sportage include problems with the vehicle’s performance, such as issues with acceleration, loud engine revving, and hesitation. There have also been reports of technical glitches, including a bad window motor and airbag recall issues.

General Complaints: Across various models, owners have reported problems ranging from engine and transmission issues to electrical system faults. These problems can vary widely depending on the model and year of the vehicle.

It’s important to note that individual experiences with vehicle reliability can vary significantly, and these issues don’t necessarily reflect the overall quality of Kia vehicles. It’s always recommended to conduct thorough research, read consumer reviews, and consult with automotive experts before making a vehicle purchase decision.

For more detailed information on specific models and their problems, you can visit sites like and Lemberg Law.


Seek Legal Assistance for Your Kia

If you’ve experienced one of the problems above, or something similar, you can report it directly to the NHTSA so they can compile your complaint in their database. If they receive enough complaints on the same topic, they may launch an investigation into the matter.

Report your problem with your Kia within the original warranty period and you will have the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act working in your favor. This federal law was designed to protect consumers from unethical warranty practices. If a dealership failed to fix a warrantable defect in your Kia within three or more attempts and/or your vehicle has been twenty or more cumulative days out of service, you may have a viable suit against the manufacturer for breach of warranty.

You may also have state lemon laws on your side. Like the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, these laws exist to extend extra protection to you, the consumer.

Don’t keep driving your Kia back to the dealership for repairs. Robison Lemon Law Group LLC can help you navigate both the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and lemon laws to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.

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