2017 Kia Forte Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Fuel system, electrical and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Compact cars aren’t as popular as they once were, but they haven’t lost their appeal with some consumers. When it comes to choosing the right model, many people go for the lowest price. With the 2017 Kia Forte, the automaker claims that owners don’t sacrifice quality to get the bargain. Even the new models are hailed as a “power player.” Yet, the drivers have spoken and this model is riddled with issues. It features a defective electrical system, a poor fuel system and a malfunctioning engine that require attention.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2017 Kia Forte

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Engine
69
Unknown Or Other
29
Exterior Lighting
27
Electrical System
24
Fuel/propulsion System
19
Vehicle Speed Control
12
Air Bags
10
Power Train
7
Structure:body
6
Visibility/wiper
6

Problems with the Engine

Maybe it’s labeled the “power player” because the engine is so reliable. That comment might have made some owners chuckle because it’s clear that the engine is just as defective as the rest of the car.

Just look at this comment left on Edmunds. “I bought this P.O.S Forte on May 27 2017 at first it was a good car then six months into owning it the car began to act funny I took it to the dealer they did nothing so a few months later it just went downhill.  Some days it wouldn’t accelerate good and it was not cranking right.  Then on June 17 2018 the engine light came on and flashed six times which is a sign that something wasn’t good.  I took it to the dealer and they thought it was the ignition coils they changed them and I left the lot.  An hour later the engine light came back on and I took it back wound up being the whole engine was useless.  The cylinder misfire is common knowledge to KIA but they won’t recall the car hopefully I will be getting rid of this car soon.  I will never buy a Kia again.”

It’s evident that the engineers didn’t do a good job with the Forte. Even Service Bulletin #PS067_R1 tells dealers that some engines might not have the proper steel sealing balls in place. The automaker asks dealers to inspect the cylinder heads to see if they are present. How crazy is that? This power player doesn’t even have all the required parts to operate correctly.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Kia Forte Engine Problems:

2017 KIA FORTE I BUY THIS CAR BRAND NEW BACK IN DECEMBER 22, 2017 AND LAST MONTH THE CAR START TO SHAKE WHILE I’M DRIVING THEN IT START TO JERK AS IF ITS GETTING READY TO TURN OFF. 3 DAYS A GO THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON I ONLY DRIVE THIS CAR TO WORK CHURCH NO LONG DISTANCE TRIPS OR ANYTHING I HAVE BEEN GETTING MY OIL CHANGE AND EVERYTHING THAT TO HELP WITH UP KEEP OF MY CAR SO WAS THINKING MY CAR IS A LEMON.

IGNITION RECOIL PROBLEMS THE ENGINE HAS LOW POWER. HAD IT SERVICED AND IT STILL HAS THE SAME PROBLEM

WHILE SITTING IDLE FOR OVER 45 MINUTES THE CAR STARTED TO VIBRATE. WHEN I BEGAN TO DRIVE IT SHOOK AND DID NOT PICK UP AS IT SHOULD WHEN DRIVING. WHEN STOPPED AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT IT VIBRATES WORSE. I CALLED THE DEALERSHIP TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT . I’VE RESEARCHED THE INTERNET AND FOUND THAT THERE ARE OTHERS HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. I AM A LITTLE LEERY IN DRIVING THE CAR SINCE THE DEALERSHIP DOESN’T HAVE LOANERS AND I MUST CONTINUE WITH MY DAY TO DAY LIVING. I AM NOT DRIVING ON THE INTERSTATE WITH THIS PROBLEM.

VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION, SMELLED SOMETHING “OFF”, WITHIN SECONDS ENGINE BURST INTO FLAMES. ENTIRE VEHICLE GUTTED. KIA LITERALLY JUST INSTALLED A NEW ENGINE, STARTER, BATTERY, AND INTAKE 2 DAYS PRIOR DUE TO ENGINE LOCKING UP – WITH 22000 MILES.

Problems with the Electrical System

What part of a car doesn’t need help from the electrical system? There isn’t one. Everything in the car requires power to operate correctly. Yet, the Forte has some serious electrical concerns.

An NHTSA complaint talks about some problems. “The finger press fails to start when parked in hot sun. It will then start with pressing the key on button. Then a notice appears that the key is not present. But, car then runs fine. When I stop engine a notice says the key battery is weak (battery was replaced 4 days ago). Last year this happened and shop found an internal short in the smart key antenna. I did not occur again then till about 2-3 months ago.”

Hopefully this owner doesn’t live in a warm climate where this happens all the time. It’s evident that the Forte has more problems than can be counted. Just take Service Bulletin #PS537 as another example. It illustrates how the fuel mileage doesn’t display properly on the instrument cluster display. Maybe it doesn’t want owners to know how long they have been driving this defective model.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Kia Forte Electrical Problems:

MY BATTERY HAS FAILED TO START MY CAR TWICE IN A MONTH. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER; THEY RAN IT THROUGH THE COMPUTER; THE BATTERY CAME BACK ‘FUNCTIONAL’. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN AT ALL LAST YEAR! THEIR REMEDY WAS TO DRIVE MORE OR INSTALL A ‘TRICKLE CHARGER’ ON THE BATTERY. (THIS CAR IS A LEASE; I HAVE HAD IT FOR 1.5 YEARS–PUTTING 3,600 MILES ON IT.) I HAD MY PREVIOUS CAR FOR TWENTY YEARS WITHOUT EVER HAVING THIS KIND OF ISSUE. I HAVE BEEN DRIVING VERY LOW MILES FOR YEARS WITHOUT A BATTERY ISSUE. THOUGHTS?

VOLUME BUTTONS ON STEERING WHEEL VOLUME UP TURNS VOLUME DOWN, MUTE BUTTON TURNS VOLUME UP.

Problems with the Air Bags

Air bags were included in cars to keep occupants safe, but they must deploy for that to happen. There have been numerous complaints about the air bags not working, but one, in particular, is especially serious.

Read this statement left on the NHTSA website. “Vehicle was in a major crash on Illinois Route 15 in Belleville, IL. Vehicle was struck in the front driver side off center by a wrong way driver. Passenger in the KIA was trapped under the dash. Passenger was wearing seat belt and it appears the seat belt failed to lock. Passenger airbags did not deploy. Passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Driver was wearing seat belt. Driver suffered severe injuries to his head from impacting the steering wheel and was ejected out of the driver side window. Subject’s seat belt broke and ripped. Air bags did not deploy as well. Subject was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Strangely, there is no information about air bag defects from the automaker. It’s as if everything is just fine from their end. For the families of these victims, it would be wise for Kia to look further into this, especially since air bag complaints appear to be rampant. Then again, it couldn’t be a power player with a defect such as this, so it’s better in their minds to completely ignore the problem.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Kia Forte Airbags Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 KIA FORTE. WHILE DRIVING 45 MPH, THE CONTACT LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED BRUISES AND SORENESS TO THE BODY, WHICH REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC’S TOW YARD. THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER HAD NOT INSPECTED THE VEHICLE. THE LOCAL DEALER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED AND DID NOT ASSIST. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 10,669. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 KIA FORTE. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 20 MPH, THE CONTACT’S VEHICLE WAS INVOLVED IN A FRONT END COLLISION. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE CONTACT’S RESIDENCE AND THEN TO A COLLISION SHOP. IT WAS NOT YET DETERMINED IF THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER AND DEALER WERE NOT NOTIFIED. THE PASSENGER AND DRIVER SUFFERED MINOR PAIN AND BRUISING, WHICH DID NOT REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 3,000.

Problems with the Exterior Lighting

Driving at night requires that the car have sufficient lighting to see what’s ahead. But, there are several other aspects to the headlights that must work correctly but don’t on the Forte.

Just look at this Edmunds review. “Headlights do not automatically turn off when engine turns off. The only indicator is a tiny light on the dashboard screen that can be hidden by the steering wheel (no beep). Dashboard lights up even when headlights are not turned on; one has to be careful to remember that headlights are not on at dusk, even though dash is lit up. I find this to have been a dangerous car for an older person to use.”

It turns out this isn’t the only lighting problem Kia has to think about. Service Bulletin #TSB-BOD157 states that water can get into the rear lamps because of a poorly constructed design. In fact, Kia must replace both combination lamp pads to repair the problem. Have you ever seen a power player with lights underwater? It’s not likely.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Kia Forte Headlights and Rear Lamp Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 KIA FORTE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE DID NOT PASS STATE INSPECTION BECAUSE THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE TAIL LIGHT WAS OUT. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE LIGHT BULB WAS REPLACED ON AUGUST 13, 2019 BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE HEADLIGHTS FAILED TO OPERATE AT LEAST FIFTEEN TIMES SINCE THE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED ON NOVEMBER 18, 2017. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURES. THE HEADLIGHT FAILURE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 46,729.

IT STARTED WITH THE HEADLIGHTS BURNING OUT REGULARLY AND THEN I NOTICED WATER STARTED ACCUMULATING IN THE HEADLIGHTS AND THEN THE BRAKE LIGHTS AND TURN SIGNALS AND I CANNOT KEEP MY LIGHTS WORKING I HAVE RECEIVED TICKETS FOR LIGHTNING ISSUES AND I HAVE SPENT A FORTUNE ON BULBS ALREADY AND IT STARTED WITHIN 2-3 MONTHS OF BUYING THIS CAR BRAND NEW

IN THE LAST 1 1/2 YEARS OF OWNERSHIP I HAVE HAD MANY ISSUES WITH LIGHTS GOING OUT. FIRST BOTH BREAK LIGHTS WENT OUT AND I REPLACED THEM. THEN THE DRIVER’S SIDE HEADLIGHT KEPT GOING IN AND OUT. THE DRIVER’S SIDE BREAK LIGHT WENT OUT AGAIN SO I REPLACED IT AGAIN. NEXT THE PASSENGER SIDE HEADLIGHT WENT OUT COMPLETELY AND I REPLACED IT. AFTER THAT BOTH HEADLIGHTS WERE FINE. A FEW MONTHS LATER THE DRIVER’S SIDE HEADLIGHT STARTED GOING IN AND OUT AGAIN. I REPLACED IT AND IT WAS FINE. THEN THE PASSENGER SIDE BREAK LIGHT WENT OUT. 7 WEEKS AFTER I HAD BOTH HEADLIGHTS REPLACED AND IN GOOD WORKING ORDER THE DRIVER’S SIDE HEADLIGHT WENT OUT. 4 DAYS LATER THE PASSENGER SIDE HEADLIGHT WENT OUT.

HAVE GONE THROUGH 5 SETS OF HEADLAMPS IN THE FIRST YEAR AND A HALF OF CARS LIFE. USUALLY A ELECTRICAL BURNING SMELL OCCURS WHEN BULBS BURN OUT. HAVE ASKED DEALERSHIP TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE WITH EVERY OIL CHANGE ONLY TO GET CONFUSED LOOKS OR INSURED EXCUSES. ONLY SEEMS TO EFFECT THE FRONT HEADLAMPS AND LED LIGHTS STILL ON ORIGINAL FACTORY REAR LAMPS. HAVE LEFT 6 MESSAGES WITH DEALERSHIP AFTER LAST INCIDENT WITH NO CALL BACK.

Problems with the Fuel System

Owners drive their vehicles to the gas pump and rarely give it a second though unless there is a problem. That’s what Forte owners are dealing with right now.

This NHTSA user says, “The vehicle had been driven for over 300 miles on this particular tank of gas, so I’m certain that the fuel gauge is correct; the gas light is also on. I parked at a gas station and put the car in Park and turned off the car. I attempted to fill the tank, but the fuel will not go in. The fuel splashes back out and will not go into the tank.”

This isn’t the only fuel system issue. Service Bulletin #TSBBOD192_R1 states that the fuel door might not open all the way, making it challenging to fill up. With all of these issues, Forte owners are probably embarrassed to attempt getting gas. It probably looks like a circus act attempting to hold open the door and keep the fuel from splashing out. What a power player!

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Kia Forte Fuel System Problems:

MY CAR THE GAS SHOOTS OUT ,I HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THIS WITH A NEW CAR MY ENGINE LIGHT BEEN ON FROM THE TIME I BOUGHT IT THIS CAR GAVE ME PROBLEMS EVERY TIME I BRING IT BACK THEY SAID JUST DROP IT OFF SO WE CAN TRY FIXING IT IT TAKE UP TO THREE DAYS ARE MORE PLUS THEY DON’T GIVE OUT LOANER CAR AT ALL SO HOW I SUPPOSE TO GET TO WORK SO I CONTINUE TO DRIVE IT LIKE THAT.I DON’T KNOW WHY I BROUGHT THIS CAR. IT WASTED MY MONEY AND TIME.

FORTE HAS INTERMITTENT STRONG GAS SMELL THRU VENTS. IS AT DEALER FOR SECOND TIME. WILL FILE REPORT

Problems with the Vehicle Speed Control

With cruise control and other adaptive equipment, maintaining the appropriate speed shouldn’t be challenging, yet Kia Forte owners have something else to say about it.

One NHTSA review says, “Car will randomly hesitate and shake with power loss maybe once every few days. This will happen when coming to a stop then accelerating again after driving for 30 minutes or so. CEL will either not display or blink a few times but go away (and not show up on the history) making it impossible to diagnose. Took it to 2 KIA dealers, both said that they’ve seen this on a lot of KIA Fortes. They have made the recommended repairs, but still have the issue.”

Again, there are no service bulletins regarding this complaint. It seems the automaker wants to remain quiet on the safety-related concerns. In the meantime, drivers think this car will keep them safe. Not only will it speed up on its own, but drivers can’t expect that the air bags will protect them. What is this model good for exactly?

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Kia Forte Cruise Control Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 KIA FORTE. WHILE STATIONARY, THE VEHICLE ACCELERATED RAPIDLY WITHOUT WARNING WHEN THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED. KIA OF ORANGE WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 8,200.

THE AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING (AEB) AND FORWARD COLLISION WARNING (FCW) SYSTEMS ON MY VEHICLE NEVER ACTIVATE WHEN TRAFFIC SITUATIONS ARE OBVIOUS FOR THE AEB AND FCW TO ACTIVATE. EVEN HOME-SPUN SYSTEM TESTS DON’T SHOW THE SYSTEMS TO BE OPERATIONAL. THE LOCAL KIA DEALERSHIP AND REPAIR CENTER CANNOT VALIDATE THE SYSTEM’S INTEGRITY BECAUSE THEY CANNOT ACCOMPLISH DEFINITIVE TESTS TO VERIFY THE SYSTEM. THEY SAY “WE DON’T KNOW.” THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE THAT MUST BE RESOLVED. THIS ISSUE IS ONGOING.

I HAVE HAD MY 2017 KIA FORTE FOR 3 MONTHS AND IN THE VEEY BEGINNING IT DROVE FINE. RECENTLY THE CAR HAS BECOME VERY SLUGGISH AND BECAME INCREASINGLY HARD TO ACCELERATE. I NOTICED IT BUT BRUSHED IT OFF. THIS PAST WEEKEND I LET SOMEONE DRIVE MY CAR AND THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT HOW HARD IT WAS TO ACCELERATE. THAT’S WHEN I KNEW THAT IT WASN’T JUST ME. TODAY, AS I WAS ABOUT TO MAKE AN UNPROTECTED LEFT TURN THE CAR FAILED TO ACCELERATE LIKE IT SHOULD FROM A STOPPED POSITION AND I WAS CAUGHT IN THE INTERSECTION LONGER THAN I NEEDED TO BE. NEEDLESS TO SAY IT COULD HAVE ENDED BADLY. I THINK THIS PROBLEM NEEDS LOOKING INTO. I SHOULD NOT BE HOLDING UP TRAFFIC BECAUSE MY CAR DOESN’T ACCELERATE LIKE IT SHOULD WHEN I AM FLOORING THE GAS PEDAL. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS ON THE HIGHWAY.

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Complaint Data

CategoryEngine
DateNov 28, 2022
StateSC
Description
Engine #1 failure @ 50,475 miles driving 70mph on the interstate my check engine light would come on only when pressing the gas pedal. Within 30 seconds while driving on a 10° uphill slope trying to change 4 lanes of traffic to be near the shoulder, I heard clanking, knocking, and a bang. 0rpms. Connecting rod through the block. One dealership did nothing but lock my car in their fence for 2 months before another kia dealership replaced the engine. Then 680. 3 miles later, engine #2 failure. Driving on unfamiliar country roads at dusk. 5 miles from the next pull off parking area. I had extreme loss of power. The check engine light appeared. A few seconds later it sounded like a shotgun went off in my engine. Engine died, there was only a few inches of dirt before the ditch. My battery died from my flashers before the tow truck came. This time the connecting rod went through the block and damaged my starter. Dealership replaced the engine. Engine #3 @ 52343 check engine light appears when pressing the gas pedal. 7 cincinnati kia dealerships are 5+ weeks from diagnosing engine troubles. I'm ashamed at kia for allowing this. I've jumped out of airplanes without fear, but I am scared to drive my own vehicle. Kia has put me in financial stress due to rental vehicles, unexpected hotel costs, and not reimbursing me thus far.
CategoryEngine
DateNov 08, 2022
StateGA
Description
The engine stalls , when I try to give it gas, it will stall sometimes to the point of shutting off. It will also cut it off if I am sitting and the engine is running, it will shut off and it takes several minutes for me to be able to get it back running. It seems like it is something with fuel injectors. I know there was a recall with this very same issue on models of 2017 that was made in a different month, but I have been told numerous times mine isn't a recall when it seems to have same issue. This hasn't been a one time occurrence, it occurs almost every time I drive my vehicle.
CategoryPower Train
DateOct 26, 2022
StateCA
Description
Failed/malfunctioned component: engine. Safety risk: engine makes noises and stalls for no apparent reason. Reproduction/confirmation: I'm contacting the dealers&manufacturers. A third party mechanic said the engine noise was a knocking sound. Warning lamps/symptoms: suddenly a noise started when the engine was working 3,000 rpm or more. After ~10 miles of driving, a louder noise started. After
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 23, 2022
StateAR
Description
I as at work and received a message that there was a large oil spot where my car had been parked overnight at home. I checked my oil and it was not low. After work I was on my way to get my oil changed/checked and after 13 miles I heard a light knocking sound. I pulled over and checked my oil. My oil level was still good. I started my car and the noise was gone. I only had a few miles to the oil/lube express. Just as I pulled in the driveway of the business, the noise started again. The problem was the oil pressure sender unit was bad. The mechanic pushed it back on and I made it home without any noise. I called the dealership and the earliest they could make me an appt was 3 weeks out. No loaner car, my car had just ran out of warranty, and my car did not come up on recall for the list of engine recalls. I bought the part and a recently retired certified kia mechanic replaced it. Fast forward 4,000 the issue of the gas pump clicking off when my tank isn't full has happened again. It started at aprox 36,000 when the engine light came on and it was impossible to put gas in. The car was checked out but nothing showed to be wrong. The code sensor was reset and I was able to fill up. Well this time, nothing is working. After a few seconds , gas spits out. This car has been a. Issue for the last 45,000 miles and my dealership was always booked. I've always had the oil changed on time as well as the other maintenance. None of my other vehicles have been so unreliable. I don't feel I should have to pay for these things when 80,000 miles is not very many in 5 years.
CategoryEngine
DateOct 11, 2022
StateTN
Description
My 2017 kia forte has major engine problems after only 130,000 miles. The car just died on my son going down the road and after it started make loud knocking noise. There was no warning lights on at all. The engine is done for. I am the only owner of this car and have kept it maintanced well. I have realized after reading all the other people with issues that the oil pump on the car have cause engine damage and kia has replaced engines. I do believe this is what has caused my troubles
CategoryService Brakes, Air:antilock:abs Warning Light, Service Brakes, Hydraulic
DateSep 28, 2022
StateGA
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the abs warning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who diagnosed that the hydraulic electronic control unit (hecu) needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and confirmed that the vin was not included in a recall. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.
CategoryElectrical System:ignition, Engine
DateSep 07, 2022
StatePA
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle started losing motive power and the engine was sputtering. The contact stated she pulled off the road and turned the vehicle off and had the vehicle towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed and determined that the ignition coils needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken back to an independent mechanic or dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,258.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 30, 2022
StateCA
Description
Ongoing acceleration and shaking issues. Lose power randomly and has stalled randomly. Now is frequent. I was told it is normal for cars to have some shaking however this is not normal. I try to accelorate and cannot, I had my own diagnostic test done and asked for the coil to be replaced. Kia said it was the spark plugs. Took the car back the next day because I again couldn't accelerate. Over a week later and no communication and I called and left a message. Now kia said it is the coil. Car now at approx 71k miles.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 23, 2022
StateAL
Description
In mid july 2022, the engine light was flickering on and off and my car started shaking. The kia dealership told me the car needed the spark plugs to be replaced so I replaced the ones that they recommended. Then 2 weeks after that service the engine light came on again and my car began to shake so I took it in and they found a recall on the the ignition coils. They replaced those and then the next day the engine light came on and my car started shaking but this time, I started loosing acceleration in the car and the engine light stayed on. The kia dealership tried to charge me 4. 55 per ignition coil. It is scary to drive because I still have to go to work and church.
CategoryFuel System, Gasoline
DateAug 17, 2022
StateCO
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while making a stop the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the fuel pump, but the failure occurred several times. On a different occasion the vehicle stalled and shut down completely. The vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to a repair facility where they replaced the vapor canister purge valve and the canister solenoid, but it did not repair the vehicle. The vehicle then was towed to a kia dealer where they did a fuel injector service and clear codes and a transmission fluid flush on the vehicle, but the failure reoccurred. The dealer was not able to determine the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 94,777.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateAug 16, 2022
StateTN
Description
Powertrain, engine light on, losing power
CategoryEngine
DateAug 15, 2022
StateAZ
Description
While son was driving on i10 at 65-70 mph engine died. Was able to restart to pull off the side of the highway. Car driven to kia dealership with loud knocking noise, using side roads with another driver following. Kia confirmed that engine needs replacement and is a known issue. Our vehicle was in the kia system under a different owner's name/address so we did not receive the 'courtesy notification' to have a fix that would extend warranty to cover engine problem. Many calls to kia have not resulted in an agreement to fix or acknowledge severity of issue as far as engine failing while driving at a high rate of speed with an issue that is known to them.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 13, 2022
StateMA
Description
My car stalled in the middle of a busy rotary …no lights or warning…never had an issue with the car until that day …I always was on top of all maintenance…was very dangerous as I was in traffic and it just stopped working..,was luckily not rearended…when brought to a mechanic he inspected it and stated it was the engine and that it was no good anymore…I did some research and found a lot of other kia forte of this year have had same issue but dealership said it's not recalled and they would not replace until the government recalls it.. This is a major safety issue as there was no warning at all that the engine had an issue, and this has happened to my last kia …that was a 2015 optima and that engine was recalled so was able to get it replaced by dealership and I still have the car …I love my kia but this is unexceptionable and dangerous the car is currently at a mechanic waiting for a new engine to be installed at my expense…extremely expensive …do not have invoice yet as it's not a completed job but I will be keeping in the event that this does become a recall as it is a hazard as there is no warning at all
CategoryEngine
DateAug 04, 2022
StateOH
Description
The engine is malfunction. My car is shaking feally bad, as well as while driving it seems like it wants to shutdown. My engine warning indicator stays lit.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 04, 2022
StateFL
Description
I was driving in the highway in front of a semi truck and the car engine failed. I couldn't accelerate or slow down and I could barely turn the wheel. The semi just barely missed me. This is the second engine failure in a year. Kia replaced my engine with a brand new one in january of 2022 but have not added my vin number to the engine recall.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 01, 2022
StateNJ
Description
I started my car on friday july 29th@9:45 am. The car sounded like it backfired. Then I attempted to drive to work thinking it was a fluke.. But a mile away the engine sputtered and then stopped. I had no warning lights come on in my car ever. I had the car towed to the local dealer kia(cherry hill nj) and they havent done anything for me yet. They keep telling me there are open recalls on the car… but I can not fine this recall info anywhere. I was never notified of a recall, via, mail, phone, email. I dont understand. My car has 51k miles on it, and it was purchased in late september of 2017. So I an within the warranty, and dont understand why this even happened!
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateJul 18, 2022
StateWA
Description
In or around july 10th, 2022, the vehicle's engine began making knocking sounds on several occasions while my wife was driving. On july 20th, 2022, I brought it into the dealership (dick hannah kia, vancouver, wa) where it was diagnosed as a problem with a bearing of a piston rod within the engine. On my drive to the dealership, I experience a loss of power, knocking sounds from the engine, and the oil light come on indicating a loss of oil pressure. Vehicle has 70,xxx miles. Dealership has advised me that the vehicle is unsafe to drive, but is failing to cover this under powertrain warranty. Seeing that this an engine similar to those noted in a nhtsa as related to flaherty et al. V. Hyundai motor company et al., I wanted to file a safety report so that others are aware of the potential safety issue.
CategoryLatches/locks/linkages
DateJul 18, 2022
StateFL
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the trunk release failed to open the trunk as designed. The contact was able to use the key fob to open the trunk. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 21v622000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The local dealer was contacted. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Parts distribution disconnect.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 15, 2022
StateTX
Description
Rod bearing has failed, as I was driving my car jolted and die as I was on the highway and almost got hit in the rear due to my car not being able to move. Unknown,unknown. I did not have any warning lights prior or after this happen
CategoryEngine
DateJul 14, 2022
StateTX
Description
Coil pack failed - car died with no warning driving down interstate. My mechanic found a code for a cylinder and replaced the coil pack. The car started acting the same as it did in the days prior to the engine dying while driving. I took it back to the mechanic and it showed no code. Started researching and saw a recall on coil packs on a third party website. Took it to dealership and they verified this but said they could not replace because one of the coil packs was after market and would not be reimbursed by manufacturer for any of them if all four were not returned. The manufacturer tells me there is no recall except for the trunk latch and that there is a service action they are not required to cover because it isn't a safety issue. Seeing as how I nearly got ran over by an 18 wheeler, I'd say that it is a safety issue and my mechanic assures me it is not normal to have to replace coil packs this early. Since the problems are intermittent and no code shows up until the could pack fails, it is unsafe to drive. I've also noticed many people having the same problem on several complaint web sites. Someone is going to get hurt or killed.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 13, 2022
StateFL
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving 58 mph, he heard an abnormal sound coming from the vehicle. While the contact was pulling over to the side of the roadway to see where the sound was coming from, the vehicle lost motive power and stalled without warning. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle however, the vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the engine failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was unable to speak with a representative at the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and informed of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 98,200.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJun 29, 2022
StateMO
Description
Fuel door latch does not release properly preventing me from filling the vehicle and possibly running out of fuel while in traffic
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateJun 28, 2022
StateOH
Description
My 2017 kia forte is a easy target for the " kia boys" here in columbus ohio.. My car was a victim of theft where my passenger glass was shattered and my steering column was taken apart and my ignition was jamed in by a screwdriver. Kia has made this car susceptible to theft and has nothing to do about it. I want relief from this hazard.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJun 27, 2022
StateNY
Description
The 2017 kia was parked in the attached garage of a private residence when a fire broke out. The building was fully involved by the time first responders arrived shortly after midnight on may 19, 2022. Both residents of the home were deceased at the scene, in separate bedrooms. The point of origin of the fire was determined to be at the kia, which was heavily damaged in the fire. The individual making this report is the attorney representing the estates of the decedents.
CategoryEngine
DateJun 24, 2022
StateFL
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving at an undisclosed speed, smoke was coming in through the a/c vents. The check engine warning light was illuminated. The contact drove to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that a lack of engine oil caused the vehicle to overheat as there was no engine lubricant. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to two other independent mechanics where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced due to excessive oil consumption however, the contact had been completing oil changes every 3,000 miles. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the engine replacement however, the dealer informed the contact that he would be responsible for the cost of the repair due to the vehicle mileage. The vehicle was then taken to a second dealer greenway kia west palm beach (735 s military trail, west palm beach, fl 33415) who completed an engine update and informed the contact that he did not need an engine replacement; however, the failure recurred increasingly. The vehicle was taken back to the second dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 144,200.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJun 12, 2022
StateMD
Description
Engine can stall at lower speeds (10-30 mph) after being on the highway for an extended amount of time. Can also happen after being on the highway, parking and waiting for some time (30 min), and start driving again at lower speeds. Issue becomes more prominent when going uphill slowly (little to no pressure on gas pedal). A rumble can sometimes be felt through the gas pedal too, but not always. Usually the engine starts making some noise ('gurgling') to indicate that the engine is in this state and it usually stall after coasting for some time or pressing very little on the gas (noise may become louder when doing this). I've seen the engine stall around 1000 rpm when doing this. Sometimes the oil light will also start appearing and it seems that the engine is not being responsive when pressing on the gas pedal. Car can stall in these cases or may recover and eventually stall. I've had this issue since the beginning of the year, but an engine check light has not come on for it since then (other than one for a spark plug and coil, but this was addressed in february 2022). Safety concern is mostly when driving in cities or at lower speeds and making unprotected left/right turns where the car may possible stall. Mechanic was able to reproduce this in february but suggested that I take the car to the dealer after difficulty finding the cause . Dealer was unable to solve it in april and suggested waiting for a check engine light.
CategoryEngine
DateJun 11, 2022
StateGA
Description
On june 5, 2022 at approx. 45 miles per hour, my 2017 kia forte just without warning shut off. Luckily there were no cars on the usually busy road so I immediately pulled over to the side of the road and put my emergency flashers on. Was able to start the car and drove another 3 miles home. In my driveway, I opened the hood and smelled a burning smell and a slight coolant smell ( although the operating temp gauge read normal) , and I heard a knocking sound at the bottom of the engine. I turned the engine off, checked the oil level (normal) and coolant level (normal). I scanned the obd and no codes came up. Called kia dealership (the car is still under warranty with 76000 miles but they cannot look at the car until july 1.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJun 05, 2022
StateOK
Description
My car is stalling. Stalled on the highway. Has knocking sound. And if I let up off the gas at all it stalls. Will stall in neutral as well. Was involved in an accident last year and airbags did not deploy even though they should have. My car started stalling at 86,000 miles with regular oil changes. I've only had the vehicle about a year and a half. My lights also are shorted out due to the trunk not closing all the way and rain water getting in. I'm still making payments. I do not know what to do. I'm a sole caregiver to my terminally ill mother. I need this car. I do not make very much money.
CategoryExterior Lighting:tail Lights
DateJun 01, 2022
StateVA
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that while an independent mechanic was performing an inspection, the contact was informed that the passenger's side rear taillight was faulty and needed to be replaced. There was no warning light illuminated. The contact was informed that the failure was due to water intrusion into the taillight housing. Additionally, the contact stated that the wheels were rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.
CategoryEngine
DateMay 07, 2022
StateCA
Description
I have only had the car about a year. Bought it used and within 7-10 months I've had to get spark plugs replaced, and ignition coil replaced as well. I'm having this issue once again after getting the things about fixed in january of 2022. It is now may of 2022 and I'm still having the same issue. I've read online that this is a recurring theme with this model.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateMar 06, 2022
StateTN
Description
When it rain, both rear taillight accumulate water inside of taillight lenses causing lights to blow. Dealership has replaced gaskets and it still happens. Lights go out and no warning light indication on dash. Concerned this might contribute to rear end accident. This is a one owner car and no know accident to vehicle.
CategoryLatches/locks/linkages
DateMar 04, 2022
StateHI
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 21v622000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The local dealer was contacted. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateFeb 25, 2022
StateIL
Description
The front and rear windshields has some kind of defect when oncoming headlights are approaching there is a snowburst type of glare affect that is not clear but blurry. Can't see oncoming objects or street signs clearly.
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 04, 2022
StateIN
Description
I was driving and the oil light came up on the dash blinking at first and then solid then the acceleration went down and then the battery light came on and my car didn't accelerate anymore. It also smelled like burning gas or oil and then I turned it off and had it towed. My car won't even start anymore after turning it off.
CategoryLatches/locks/linkages:trunk Lid:latch
DateJan 25, 2022
StateMO
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact received a recall notification for nhtsa campaign number: 21v622000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the dealer informed the contact that the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the trunk was making rattling sounds. The contact veered to the side of the road and manually closed the trunk and the trunk engaged and locked securely. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that the failure reoccurred while driving and he was unable to close the trunk using the key fob or by manually closing the trunk. The contact drove to a parking lot and was able to close the truck with tape. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and suggested that the contact repair the vehicle at his own expense and he might be reimbursed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 64,000. Vin tool confirms parts are not available.
CategoryExterior Lighting:tail Lights, Latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch
DateJan 11, 2022
StateMO
Description
1st incident, 10/09/20 water intail lights smells of mildew 2nd " 11/1/20 water is leaking in trunk installed new gaskets to the tail lights 3rd " 6/9/21 removed drivers seat and gas/trunk latch lever and fuel door lever cable cable was found to be stretched and needs replaced. Parts were ordered 01/10/22 parts never came in because according to kia they don't know how to fix it. I'am so sorry I bought this car with 2,992. 31 still owed you should compensate by paying this off
CategoryEngine
DateDec 29, 2021
StateNY
Description
My car is constantly stalling and I have nearly gotten into several accidents because it would stall at red lights, or while driving, turning it stalls. In order to keep it from stalling have to keep putting it into neutral. I can't get a proper scan on it because the engine light isn't on. This has been happening for about 2 months and it is getting worse. I have under 50,000 miles on it.
CategoryLatches/locks/linkages
DateDec 23, 2021
StateNC
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact received a recall notification for nhtsa campaign number: 21v622000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The part was not available for repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. Invalid vin.
CategoryStructure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateDec 23, 2021
StateTX
Description
The trunk of my 2017 kia forte wouldn't open in the morning. I checked for a solution online and saw there was an active recall (sc216) on the latching mechanism of the trunk which was causing it to get stuck. Took it to the dealership to get it fixed. They fixed it but then told me I needed to pay for it. When I told them it was a recall issue they took the new part off and told me to leave. Now my trunk doesn't close and it's being held in place with a piece of string.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateNov 23, 2021
StateMO
Description
Both low beams stopped working. High beams and all other lights work I replaced the bulbs and the low beams don't work at all and there's no relay or fuse and I can't find the problem
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 29, 2021
StateGA
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while reversing out of a parking spot with the vehicle in reverse, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle inadvertently drove forward speedily. The brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to respond and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no warning lights illuminated. A police report was filed. The contact sustained neck, shoulder, and back injuries and sought medical assistance. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 16, 2021
StateTX
Description
Trunk latch on my vehicle gets stuck can only open after jumping down on hood while pulling lever at the same time intermittently happens. Lately been happening more often than not.
CategoryService Brakes
DateOct 12, 2021
StateSC
Description
I've been having problems with my 2017 forte5 lx for the last few months. The brake calipers tend to lock up from time to time causing my pads to smoke like crazy. I've had my brakes serviced 6 times within the last year. Nothing seemed to help and I've barely used the vehicle out of concern for safety. Recently, I spoke with a tech at my local dealership. He informed me that my forte has rubber bushings on one of the caliper pins that swells and gets stuck. His solution was to replace the defective pin with another pin that doesn't include the bushing. Since I followed his advice, my brakes haven't locked up at all. The original intent for the bushing was to reduce caliper noise but it does not help, instead hindering performance. The reason for my complaint is that this can cause the brakes to overheat and start a fire, while decreasing the ability to brake.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 11, 2021
StateCA
Description
Leaving work last week and noticed my trunk was open. Thought maybe I had accidentally pressed the release button and went to close but trunk latch wouldn not latch down and close. Had to fold the back seats down and crawl into the trunk while a coworker held the trunk shit and use a flathead screwdriver to manually lock the latch. After doing so now the trunk will not open.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateOct 07, 2021
StatePA
Description
My head lights keep shutting off and stop working, they have replace it twice already and again today oct 7th 2021ir stopped working again, now I just replaced the bulbs on sept 15th 2021 there shouldn't be any reason to change it out this soon. I keep calling the dealership about it and nothing back from them. Today I ended up not seeing and hit into a curb and smashed up the side by my tire on the passenger side, I'm very upset with kia they are putting my family in danger by not fixing it correctly.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateOct 04, 2021
StateOH
Description
I got this car in january, it's only october and my speed doesn't accelerate. When I step on the gas pedal there is a huge kick and my rpm goes from under one to 4 or 5 to get to 20mph. I noticed that I could change the drive to d1 and d2 but when driving and going over 30mph my car is in d6. I have yet to find a solution. No warning lights have come on yet but I don't want it to get to that point before having the car for a year.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 23, 2021
StateIN
Description
Coils are repeatedly breaking despite being replaced. Seems to be a common issue with this make/model but hasnt been recalled.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 21, 2021
StateFL
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving at 30 mph, when the contact heard a loud popping noise coming from the vehicle, the contact noticed that when depressing the accelerator pedal the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact saw the check engine light warning light illuminated on the vehicle. The contact had to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road and attempted to restart the vehicle which it did and contact smelled something burning from the interior of the vehicle and noticed smoke coming from the front hood of the vehicle. The contact was able to continue to drive to their work. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after work and continue drive to their destination, however, the failure persisted, the contact check the vehicle later that day and noticed the there was no oil in the engine and a major oil leak underneath vehicle undercarriage. The contact had the vehicle towed to the local dealer to have inspected the vehicle and diagnosed the failure engine sensor was damaged and the fuel pump was damage on the vehicle as well failure where the trunk latch will not open on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage approximately 75,000.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 03, 2021
StateGA
Description
The engine failed during evening rush hour traffic, the car stalled in traffic and would not cut back on. Vehicle had to be pushed out of the road and towed home. Previously the engine light did appear on in the car but a recent oil change was done on the car which caused the light to go away. Vehicle was driven from the shop after oil change was done and car stalled once on the way home. I did a google search for recalls and found out there was a recall on the car (recall no. 21v260000)car was taken to kia dealership a day or 2 later and a diagnostics was done on the vehicle by the kia dealership. The kia dealership informed me that there was metal shavings in the engine of the car. They refused to fix the car despite me showing them the recall number the kia dealership said they can fix it for 00 or I can get another car and put down between 00-6000. They also said being that my car wasn't apart of the recall there was nothing they can do even though my car was showing signs that was stated in the recall. The car is currently parked in my backyard and currently not driveable.
CategoryLatches/locks/linkages
DateSep 03, 2021
StateWA
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while attempting to open the rear trunk door lid, it was discovered that the trunk door lid could not be opened while using the key fob, the trunk release, or the emergency trunk release. Later while driving approximately 70 mph, the trunk lid suddenly opened and could no longer be closed or secured. A cell phone cord was used to secure the trunk door lid. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vin was not included in the nhtsa campaign number 21v622000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact indicated that the vehicle had experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 44,300.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 25, 2021
StateVA
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, the check engine and oil warning lights illuminated and then the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to pull over and park the vehicle in a parking lot where the vehicle remained. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but informed the contact that the vin was not associated with any recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 19, 2021
StateMI
Description
While driving normal 35 mph speed engine started knocking loudly, pulled into parking lot shut it off. Called dad, an ase master mechanic, told him what happened. He told me to start it so he could hear it, bang, bang boom! Stench, smoke car died. He told me it sounded like the rod bearing . Got towed home. Towed to kia dealer near home, they diagnosed blown rod bearing engine toast. This is probably the same engine the lawsuits were about with the same problem. I am thrilled that no-one was hurt, there had been fires, explosions etc. If it happened on the freeway it could have been bad!
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 18, 2021
StateCA
Description
Trunk latch apparently broke and trunk popped opened on it's own while driving. We have not been able to tie it down due to broken latch. Obscures view and cannot be driven safely at this time. Has not been seen or confirmed by a repair shop yet
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 06, 2021
StateDE
Description
My vehicle is stalling out while I am driving. Also I have to at times try too start it twice wont turnover on first try. Has been reported to dealer they dont seem to know what the problem is. I called 2 months ahead of april 2021 and kia told me they were so booked up they couldn't see me till almost 2 months later. Car is still doin the same.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 11, 2021
StateCA
Description
My car has gone in twice to the dealer for “engine missfire” both times coils were replaced under warranty, now the car just hit 60212 milles and engine missfire code again, this time not covered under warranty. Car has a bad shake at start up and moderate speeds. Third time in the past year.
CategoryEngine And Engine Cooling
DateJul 08, 2021
StateKY
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle started losing motive power with an abnormal clicking sound coming from the engine. The vehicle eventually stalled with the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and coast to the side of the highway as the engine ceased. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the contact saw oil leaking in the engine compartment. The contact left the vehicle on the highway and walked home. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but offered no assistance. Two weeks later, the vehicle was initially towed to her grandfather's home where he discovered debris in the oil pump which he linked to the vehicle failure. The vehicle was then towed to a dealer where they informed her that her vehicle was not included in nhtsa campaign number: 21v260000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle remained in the possession of the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000.
CategoryEngine
DateJun 28, 2021
StateKY
Description
My vehicle is at 60,116 miles. While driving down the interstate, it started making a slight rattling noise. Then not even 5 minutes later it made this awful sound, smoke was going everywhere and it was pouring oil out. The traction control light, engine light, and oil light all came on. It had thrown a rod through the engine. Prior to this, there were no issues at all. No engine light. No rattling. Nothing. It just happened all at once within 5 minutes.
CategoryEngine And Engine Cooling
DateJun 23, 2021
StateNC
Description
The contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving at 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed with the engine needing to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was relating the failure to nhtsa campaign number: 21v260000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer had been informed of the failure and informed the contact that the issue falls on the driver due to improper maintenance. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.
CategoryEngine
DateJun 01, 2021
StateGA
Description
The car keeps giving a misfire code. Kia says the only recall is for the coil boots. They replaced the coil boots and the car is still giving the misfire code. I see lots of people having to replace the coils to fix the problem. I asked kia about this and they say there is no problem with my coils. At this point my car isnt usable and kia says theres nothing they can do. The car loses power and stalls while driving along. It also does the same thing while at an idle.
CategoryEngine
DateMay 03, 2021
StateCA
Description
2017 kia forte check engine light turned on and was heading to mechanic. While driving the car completely died while driving and all warning lights came on. Oil pan flashed on so oil change was done on spot. The car drove fine then days later same issue occurred. Got car towed to a mechanic for the mechanic to tell me there were foreign particles stuck in both the oil pump and oil pan that led to engine damage now needing a new engine. Take my car to kia dealership for the recall that I seen online for possible engine failure due to faulty oil pump and kia is not honoring the recall since it has a date posted for later this year in june.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateApr 29, 2021
StateNC
Description
The headlights keep burning out. I've had the car for a little over a year now and have had to replace the headlights 3 times. I was driving one night a couple months ago and both low beam headlights went out. That was very dangerous. That was my second set of headlights now I'm on my 3rd set and the drivers side went out. I paid extra for the best set of headlights autozone had to offer at the time as I was in desperate need so I could drive home and it still lasted the same amount of time, purchased on 1/22/2021. Also, they're always dim. For the most expensive set of lights I expected more. I did a little research and seen that this is very common for this vehicle. Why is this allowed to continue? Someone is going to get hurt. Please research this and see what could be done. Headlights are very expensive. I have two other vehicles. A 2017 dodge journey that has never needed a headlight change and a 2007 ford escape that has only needed a few headlights in its entire existence. This is not right. The date listed below is the most recent incident.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateApr 17, 2021
StateAL
Description
I already filed a complaint on this previously, however in 2020 my engine failed stop working. And I was unable to drive it or fix it. I lost my job, I had to get a rental car. The car lost speed while driving and would not go anymore..
CategoryAir Bags
DateApr 16, 2021
StateKY
Description
Air bags did not deploy in vehicle crash at above 30 mph
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateApr 13, 2021
StateWA
Description
I was driving down 84th st and came to the light on 84th and pacific ave and the engine wanted to die out and put my foot on the gas pedal to keep it running and then turned right onto pacific ave and went to 80th and pacific ave and the car died out towed it to the house and checked the oil and everything and there was no oil the oil indicator light did not turn on at any point of time so I added oil and started the engine back up and now it has a engine knock like the rod bearing went out I am going to contact the kia dealer in the morning and see what's the problem and everything and everything happened on city streets
CategoryEngine
DateApr 05, 2021
StateMD
Description
Engine coils keep going bad. First engine coil went bad at 60,000 miles and now my second engine coil has gone up at 67,000 miles.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 04, 2021
StateFL
Description
Trunk of car will not close never had any problems before one day it closes the next day it won't
CategoryStructure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateMar 27, 2021
StateCA
Description
Trunk lid opens while driving
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMar 13, 2021
StateFL
Description
My car keeps shutting down... Stops running, have to start it again to keep going
CategoryAir Bags
DateMar 12, 2021
StateMO
Description
On 3/9/2021 I was involved in a hit and run accident and my kia was hit on the passenger side. It was hit so hard that the it left a hole in the door and my toddler was sitting in his car seat. When the fore dept arrived they noticed that the airbags did not deploy and disconnected the battery. I was advised that my air bags should've deployed. I was traveling north on a city street at about 35 miles and hour when I was hit.*dt*dt*jb*jb
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting
DateFeb 18, 2021
StateWA
Description
I bought this car brand new at the end of 2017. I have taken extremely good care of the car. A little over a year ago, I took it into the dealership to get something cosmetic fixed on the interior. I picked up my car and when I got home I realized both headlights and one brake light were not working. I took my car back in and they insisted that when one light goes out, they all go out which isn't true. I insisted that there must be an electrical issue and that I wanted a technician to check it since my lights were working just fine when I brought my vehicle in. After many different appointments and inspections it was determined that it was my wiring harness that was broken on the drivers side. Warranty didn't cover it. Less than a year later same thing happened on the left side, warranty didn't cover it. The technician even stated that the engine got too hot and melted the wires. He was surprised warranty didn't cover this issue since it happened on both sides within a year to a car that is fairly new and really well taken care of. Having both headlights and brake light not working is very dangerous. Especially when driving in a dark and rainy area. How has this happened to so many people and this vehicle hasn't been recalled? I am extremely disappointed in kia and think there should be some sort of class action lawsuit or recourse. After reading all of these complains that are the same, I am shocked kia has not taken care of their customers.
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 10, 2021
StateFL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start-up. No warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to kia autosport of pensacola (6637 pensacola blvd, pensacola, fl 32505). The contact stated that the dealer claimed that the vehicle started with no problem. The contact also mentioned that the ignition coil and spark plug may have caused the vehicle not to start or misfire. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 05, 2021
StateAR
Description
In motion on highway going 70. 2017 kia started making ticking noise no oil light on or any warnings after few miles rod went through side of block then into starter damaging it leaving car disabled. Removed engine from car to replace opened the engine up and found to be a result of a recall issue car has 104000 on it. Found sump filter clogged with bearing material restrictting oil flow. The dealer or kia wont do anything refusing to fix it. I now have a new engine ordered and getting it wensday, the car is not even paid off and as a result I can not make it to work to make a living till I get the engine installed. This has been going on for 4 months.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 02, 2021
StateTX
Description
The trunk of my vehicle just opens on its own while driving down the road and then when I pull over to close it won't. The latch is not engaging, once I get the latch to catch then I can't get my trunk to re-open. This has happened numerous times. The most recent occurrence happened on saturday, january 30, 2021.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 29, 2021
StateFL
Description
I was stopped at a stop light with my foot on the brake. My vehicle lunged forward with my foot still on the brake so I pulled the emergency brake up and my vehicle stopped, thankfully I did nothing hit anyone or anything. When the light turned green I drove forward and my engine light turned on; after no more than 30 seconds, the light turned off. All has been fine since, however I looked up this problem and apparently kia has a serious problem with cars lunging forward and causing major accidents. I honestly am terrified for this to happen to me.
CategoryEngine
DateJan 27, 2021
StateWV
Description
2. 0 has 73k miles on it. Engine noisy when cold start, like a rattle and knock for about 2 seconds. Oil is good and no codes. Even when warmed up, the engine almost sounds like the multi port engines made in the 80's and 90s when accelerating. Kind of a 'wa wa wa wa wa' sound. To me, it sounds like it is ready to 'check out'. Someone told me it could be rod bearings.
CategoryEngine
DateJan 19, 2021
StateCT
Description
My car engine starts to shake vigorously for no reason and it happens at random. The check engine light comes on sometimes when this happens. This happens when the car is idle and driving on streets and/or highways. When this happens I have to turn the car off for about 5 minutes to see if it stopped to head back home or it doesn't stop and I have to get home as soon as possible before something happens. I took it to the dealership to get it checked out and I was advised that my coil pack was bad. I asked what can I do to prevent this and the representative told me 'this is just something that happens with cars'. I've gotten my car fixed at a kia dealership twice and the problem came back less than a week later each time. It's happening again and I have to go get it repaired again. This began about a year into having the car. Each time I get this repair it's about 0. I always get all maintenance on my car, it is in excellent condition, I am the first and only owner of the car and the explanation from the dealership of 'this is something that just happens' is unacceptable when I take care of my vehicle. Thank you. I tried to take a video but it doesn't show the shaking well, I can definitely feel it though.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateDec 29, 2020
StateFL
Description
The low beam headlights hid have gone in and out while diving at night.. Then they have now blown out twice. At 0 dollars a piece.. This is unacceptable..!! There seems to be a shot circuit in the light switch itself.. It has blinked off when using the turn signal as well which leads me to come to this conclusion..
CategoryExterior Lighting:headlights
DateDec 21, 2020
StateGA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the driver's side headlight became inoperable without warning. After opening the hood, the headlight worked as designed. Additionally, while using the left turn signal, the driver's side head light became inoperable. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and referred the contact to nhtsa. The failure mileage was 59,000.
CategoryStructure:body
DateDec 16, 2020
StateNY
Description
Tl* the contact owns 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that water was entering the vehicle from the trunk and the driver's side front and rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to karp buick (400 sunrise hwy, rockville centre, ny 11570) where the vehicle was repaired twice however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage 39,400.
CategoryElectrical System
DateDec 01, 2020
StateAL
Description
The automatic trunk latch will no longer works , so the trunk of my car is opened. The button on the key pad works fine but the latch will not lock . My car was sitting in the parking lot of my apartment complex.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateOct 30, 2020
StateFL
Description
Headlights have gone out multiple times even after replacement with new headlight bulbs. There has been one occasion where the headlights went out while I was driving at night on a busy road. I've had to replace the headlights at least every 6 months because of this issue. *when did this happen* date is the most recent of all occurrences. Headlights are also always very dim even with new bulbs.
CategoryExterior Lighting, Visibility/wiper
DateOct 21, 2020
StateMD
Description
Front windshield smears everytime I use windshield wiper. I noticed this when I first got the car but thought nothing of it, and it would go away eventually. Now, I try to avoid driving when it rains because it seems the wipers just makes it worse. Also, my headlights do not do any justice. Sometimes I think I do not have them on because of how dim they are. At night, I would have to use my high beams on the highway or regular roads sometimes to avoid sharp turns or just to see the street lines.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateOct 06, 2020
StateCA
Description
My low beam headlights are barely on. I can not drive at night without using my high beams. This is very dangerous and I have seen on the internet that this is a vey common problem that is not being addressed because it has not caused any serious harm to people. Kia needs to step up and do a safety recall to fix this problem.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 21, 2020
StateIL
Description
My check engine light came on. Took it to the shop and was told there was something in the engine that needed a reset or update. They fixed it with no charge and told me to come back if it came on again. The check engine light came back on the next day. I took it back and was told one of my cylinders was misfiring so they fixed it and I was charged. 3-4 months later my check engine light came back on. I took it in and was told that it was an old code stored in the car. They cleared the code and told me if the light comes on again to bring it back. The check engine light came on less than 48 hours later. This is friday august 21, 2020, I have an appointment on august 29th to check my car. When my check engine light comes on my car hesitates when I step on the gas. The check comes on and goes off. When the light is off I don't experience the hesitation in the acceleration. It may come on and stay on for a few days and then the check engine light will go off and remain off for 1 to 2 days. This will be my 4th time taking my car in for the same issue.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateAug 18, 2020
StateCA
Description
I tooken my 2017 kia forte in to the dealership countless occasions for the same issue and still with no avail. As I'm driving the car all of a sudden the car starts shaking the engine light goes on then the car either shuts off on its own then got to wait it out for it to start. If I go to turn on the ac the car also shuts off. I've almost gotten hit due to the car un reliability.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateAug 17, 2020
StatePA
Description
Rough idling. Rough gear shift from 1st to 2nd and srutter on 3rd. Loss of power during take offs. Car is only 20,800 miles. Checked twice on dealer. Only wiped code and reset computer. Claim not to be able to replicate. Issue comes back with check engine light 30 mins after driving away.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateAug 16, 2020
StateSC
Description
About a week or two ago while going up a hill I noticed the car trying to stall out. It has begun to do more frequently now while driving and while in idle and/or park also. You cannot hear the car 'knock' but it's as if you can feel it trying too. One instance I was in a turning lane and the car literarily tried to cut off in the middle of traffic. The rpm's dropped and car just felt real shaky and jumpy. Total episodes approximately in about 2 weeeks I would say are close to maybe 10? The engine light came in at first instance when I was going up a hill and has never gone off. But the proble has not been corrected but seems to have gotten worse.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting
DateJul 17, 2020
StateIL
Description
While driving down the road the headlights flicker and go out completely. I have to flip the turn signal switch or tap the column to get them to turn back on . It happens several times on my 32 mile trip home from work at night . It happens in motion or stationary. Mainly when I use a turn signal or hit a bump in the road .
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateJul 17, 2020
StateFL
Description
My low beam headlights have been an issue for some time now I have only had the car 3 years and at first the headlights went completely out after replacing the bulbs I no longer have enough power source going to the headlights to use my low beams anymore. I took it to kia and they told me just the light bulb needed to be replaced on the driver side and my whole passenger side lighting system needed to be replaced. This sounds so wrong because both the lights work but they are so dim they are not useable. The driver side went out first the car was stationary then a month later the passenger.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 13, 2020
StateGA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that while her daughter was driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled with dark grey smoke coming from the exhaust tips. There was no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to carmax located at 1975 beaver ruin rd, norcross, ga 30071, who determined that the vehicle operated as designed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 27,000.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateJul 12, 2020
StateOK
Description
I haven't even owned this car for 7 months yet and I have changed the lights 20 times! As soon as I change one the next one blows and the previous one will blow the following the week. I'm tired of making payments on a vehicle that keeps acting crazy with the lights.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting, Unknown Or Other
DateJun 14, 2020
StateFL
Description
My car was parked outside like it always is. Went for a walk and when I came back, my car had been on fire. After fire department did their investigation, it was deemed electrical. The light in my visor or the wiring to it had gone wrong. My whole front of the seats is totaled.
CategoryAir Bags, Engine, Structure:body
DateJun 08, 2020
StateOH
Description
The 2017 kia forte my client was driving was involved in an accident which resulted in moderate to heavy front end damage, approximate speed of impact was 20-25mph, the airbags did not deploy. *tr
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJun 08, 2020
StateLA
Description
When coming to a stop, or slowing down, the oil pressure light will come on and the car will die suddenly. At first it would crank right back up, but now it is getting more and more difficult to get started again. Vehicle also takes awhile to get going, even pushing all the way down on the gas, after getting it restarted. *tr
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateJun 03, 2020
StateFL
Description
Car driven 300 miles on one tank of gas, time to get gas, gas won't go in and when I try to put gas in my car , it sprayed out all over me and the car. Very scary. I can't get gas into my car. This just happened today. Never happened before and I filled up fine last week. Can't drive my car because it's empty and won't fill up. *tr
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateMay 26, 2020
StateMO
Description
Low beam headlights burn out every 2-3 months, one after the other. Sometimes one will go out and be out for a couple days and then come back on, but usually they go out and stay out until the bulb is replaced. *tr
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateMay 12, 2020
StatePA
Description
When I can to a stop while car is running most of the time the car is sputtering and when I go to accelerate it sputters and it doest take off normally unless I push down on the gas pedal 1/2 to full power while driving on city streets..... *tr
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateMay 10, 2020
StateLA
Description
My car has been parked and every time I go outside my lights are on. The has been going for a month. I have been having problems out of my headlights every since I purchased the car this has gotten to be costly. When I? M driving sometimes the headlights on the passenger side will go out. These lights have had me buying batteries and bulbs . *tr
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateApr 30, 2020
StateOH
Description
I purchased this vehicle dec. 2017 with 318 miles. Vehicle began to sputter when trying to start. First time, towed in was told nothing was wrong. Went home, next morning the vehicle sputtered to start. After 3rd try & loud sounding, I popped the hood & the entire engine was shaking in its cradle. Towed in again, dealership diagnosed coils misfire & replaced. Vehicle duplicated the same problem a week later. I replaced the battery. Vehicle would not start again the next day. Third time, dealership diagnosed fuel pump but ended up replacing the entire fuel injection system because replacing the fuel pump did not fix the matter. They had my vehicle for 2 full weeks. Had the vehicle back 2 days, vehicle would not start but continued to sputter. Dealership has now had my vehicle 5 weeks, first said they couldn't get it to duplicate the problem but kept my vehicle anyway. Then said coils were bad even though they just replaced them 3 months ago something is causing the coils to misfire. I have no answers. Even with kia consumer affairs involved, no one has an answer. At one point kia consumer affairs called to ask me how the vehicle was running because the dealership told them they did not even have my vehicle anymore. I thought I was going to have to make a report to my insurance carrier. My vehicle has 30,000. I've maintained regular oil changes & other required maintenance as suggested, faithfully.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateApr 02, 2020
StateOH
Description
Both low beam headlights went out at the same time. I checked the bulbs which turned out to be fine. It seems to be an electrical issue in the wiring. I have researched it and it is fairly common. Upon contacting kia they claim it's not covered under warranty.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateMar 06, 2020
StatePA
Description
I was pulling out onto a main road. My car completely lost power and almost stalled. The car barely moved forward and tbe rpms were erratic. I almost got hit by a tractor trailer. When I finally sputtered into work, the rpms in park were jumping between 1000 and 2000 rpms. I do not feel safe in this car.. It only has 8,700 miles...
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateMar 05, 2020
StateNY
Description
While driving smoke started to come from under the hood.... I stopped and had a person stop and he looked under hood to see a gas line broke and was making its way on the motor
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Power Train
DateMar 04, 2020
StateMD
Description
Had this car from the end of 2017. After one year there was a recall done on it for the spark plugs and coil. Not even 7 months after get it done the next set they add in the car almost bottom out on me with my child in the car and someone almost ran in the back of me. They fix it took a week to get my car back. And now I feel like something is going wrong with the transmission I ask the dealership is it time for service and they said no. I am a little worried about that. I say on top of all my service to the vehicle.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting, Service Brakes
DateFeb 20, 2020
StateCA
Description
When I brake, the braking lights don't turn on. I have checked the fuses and the lights bulbs and they are fine. Yet when I brake, the brake lights don't turn on.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 28, 2020
StateWI
Description
This vehicle has had several incidence of being "locked" at one speed. When applying pressure to the gas the car will speed up until reaching 30-35mph and will no longer accelerate. The gas pedal could be touching the floor and the car will not accelerate past 35mph. The vehicle had been serviced at our local kia dealer in the early fall of 2019. It was said to be repaired now less than 6 months later the problem has occurred again. This has happened on city streets and highways sometimes almost causing accidents.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJan 13, 2020
StateCA
Description
The car is only 2 years old and it would start intermittenly. Sometimes it would start with no problem but sometimes it would not start at all. I turn the ignition key and I could barely hear clicking sound and nothing. I am really concerned about this issue because I don't know when and where I will be stranded if this happens. I have little over 80000 miles on this car and dealer said this is not cover under 100000 mile warranty. I think many other kia owners have similar problems and this has to be a recall issue.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJan 03, 2020
StateMA
Description
3 weeks ago my vehicle went through its annual safety inspection here in massachusetts and it failed. The problem has to do with my rear brake lights which were not working. The technician informed me that the electrical wiring was burned out due to water getting into the lines. He indicated that the repair would probably be covered under kia's 10 year warranty. I plan to reach out to my local kia dealership to have them investigate, and hopefully repair this defect on their dime. Any input or related issues brought to your attention would be appreciated as well as if your organization has issued a recall addressing this issue.
CategoryWheels
DateDec 16, 2019
StateLA
Description
On two occasions I have had the tires blowout on my vehicle. Once while driving and the other occasion while my vehicle was parked in the garage and had not been moved for three days. My vehicle only has 27,000 miles and hardly any thread wear. The tires are kumho 205/r16 55
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 13, 2019
StateWI
Description
While driving my check engine light came on and the car began increased vibration. The light would go off when coasting and turn back on when accelerating. By the time I got home the vibrations continued even when in park as well as not acceleraing. Engine code p0303 was read from the engine light. I have now replaced the second coil pack on a cylinder in the past 5 months.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 11, 2019
StateNV
Description
I was driving my kia forte 2016 in a regular street when it started jerking before it stalled. Luckily I pulled up quickly enough to avoid being stuck in the middle of the road. I waited few minutes then I started it again and I drove off. I did not have this issue with this vehicle, but I started looking into it online when I realized other kia models were recalled for the same issue.
CategoryAir Bags, Seat Belts
DateNov 30, 2019
StateTX
Description
Involved in an accident where another driver failed to yield and caused the impact on 3 lane road going at about 40mph. At the point of impact, I was thrown into the steering column. The air bag did not deploy nor did the seatbelt lock to keep me from hitting the steering wheel. Minor injuries sustained because of lack of protection. The police officer on scene noted that neither safety device worked in my vehicle. The officer examined the belt. Based on the fact my chest was hit by the steering wheel the officer immediately assumed I was not wearing a belt and asked about it, but I had to correct the officer's assumption, indicating that I was wearing my belt and reported to the officer that the belt did not lock. The officer asked about my speed and I reported that my speed was between 35 and 40 miles per hour. The officer observed the airbag did not deploy and noted this as well. The right side of the vehicle was damaged. The car was inspected at time of repair but no indication of a faulty airbag or seatbelt other than noting product liability and to contact manufacturer.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateNov 26, 2019
StateKY
Description
I was driving down the expressway when my car lost power. I tried giving it gas and it just would sputter, still barely moving. I had people almost hitting me. The car has less than 30,000 miles and I just had bought it 60 something days ago. The car will just loose power no matter how fast you going. The car is unsafe to drive.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 18, 2019
StateGA
Description
Had a small scratch to front of vehicle stopped aeb system from working. Hutchinson kia, albany, ga can't repair it back to original and won't replace car or refund my insurance money, got to close to a stationary object at night hitting it with a scratch on front grill
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 10, 2019
StateNC
Description
On 11/10/2019 in n. C. The temp dropped down to 29 degrees the next morning I get up to start my car and the battery dragged so I had to get a boost. It ran all that day, then sunday the same thing appened again I had to get a boost. I went to buy a battery and once the battery was taken out we noticed the positive side box (bottom) had melted onto the top of the battery, so my battery was damaged by the battery cable box.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateOct 16, 2019
StateGA
Description
I have had to replace the rear brake lights 2 times in less than 2 years. The keep going out.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateOct 06, 2019
StateNC
Description
Got in my car tonight to go to the store and my headlights wouldn't come on. Checl high beam it worked. I was in my drive way and just started my car turned on lights and nothing happen parking lights and highbeam wprked.
CategoryEngine, Steering, Suspension
DateOct 03, 2019
StateAL
Description
2017 kia forte [xxx], when I hit a bump, the rear end goes to the right of left out of control, also I loose power between 40- 50 mph. At times the car would shake. After about 60, 000 miles the number 3 cylinder misfired. I replaced the coil pack and spark plug, however I'm still loosing power, information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). *tr
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateOct 02, 2019
StateDE
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced failures starting on a regular basis. The vehicle could take up to thirty minutes to finally crank up and start. The failure occurred intermittently over the past year. West broad kia (9001 w broad st, richmond, va 23294, 804-270-9000) was not able to duplicate the failure and informed the contact to bring in the vehicle if the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage and vin were unknown.
CategoryStructure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 25, 2019
StateFL
Description
The trunk lock latch broke, when I went to kia about the part they knew the make make and model saying it's been happening to a lot of those cars .
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateSep 21, 2019
StateAL
Description
It started with the headlights burning out regularly and then I noticed water started accumulating in the headlights and then the brake lights and turn signals and I cannot keep my lights working I have received tickets for lightning issues and I have spent a fortune on bulbs already and it started within 2-3 months of buying this car brand new
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 17, 2019
StateAL
Description
Every time I hot a bump the rear end goes all over the place. Also at a speed of 40 to 50 mph the vehicle hesitate, for 10 to 15 seconds for no aparent reason. While I'm driving, especially going up a hill.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 12, 2019
StateIA
Description
In the last 1 1/2 years of ownership I have had many issues with lights going out. First both break lights went out and I replaced them. Then the driver's side headlight kept going in and out. The driver's side break light went out again so I replaced it again. Next the passenger side headlight went out completely and I replaced it. After that both headlights were fine. A few months later the driver's side headlight started going in and out again. I replaced it and it was fine. Then the passenger side break light went out. 7 weeks after I had both headlights replaced and in good working order the driver's side headlight went out. 4 days later the passenger side headlight went out.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateAug 30, 2019
StateGA
Description
My headlights keep going burning out. I have replaced them at least 5 times in the past year and a half.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateAug 14, 2019
StateVA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the vehicle did not pass state inspection because the rear passenger side tail light was out. The contact stated that the light bulb was replaced on august 13, 2019 by an independent mechanic. The contact also mentioned that the headlights failed to operate at least fifteen times since the vehicle was purchased on november 18, 2017. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failures. The headlight failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 46,729.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting
DateAug 02, 2019
StateOK
Description
Has gone through 5 sets of headlamps in the first year and a half of cars life. Usually a electrical burning smell occurs when bulbs burn out. Have asked dealership to address the issue with every oil change only to get confused looks or insured excuses. Only seems to effect the front headlamps and led lights still on original factory rear lamps. Have left 6 messages with dealership after last incident with no call back.
CategoryService Brakes
DateAug 01, 2019
StateIL
Description
Rear break lights don't work when lights are off, but the third brake light does. When lights are on the rear break lights are on, but don't get brighter when the brake is used. Only the third brake light works lights on or off.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJul 09, 2019
StateGA
Description
Car will randomly hesitate and shake with powerloss maybe once every few days. This will happen when coming to a stop then accelerating again after driving for 30 minutes or so . Cel will either not display or blink a few times but go away (and not show up on the history) making it impossible to diagnose. Took it to 2 kia dealers, both said that they've seen this on a lot kia fortes., they have made the recommended repairs but still have the issue.
CategoryExterior Lighting:brake Lights
DateJul 01, 2019
StateKS
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. While the contact's son was driving the vehicle, he noticed that the rear passenger side brake and the third brake lights were out. There were no warning indicators illuminated. Shawnee mission ford (11501 shawnee mission pkwy, shawnee, ks 66203) was informed of the failure and replaced the lights, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.
CategoryAir Bags
DateJun 24, 2019
StateFL
Description
Had front end collison no air bag deployment,car was totaled
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJun 24, 2019
StateWA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. While driving at any speed and attempting to accelerate or switch gears, the engine hesitated without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to car pros kia renton (425-204-6600, located at 200 sw grady way, renton, wa 98057) where it was diagnosed that the vehicle performed as designed. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to chuck olson kia (206-219-4040, located at 17001 aurora ave n, seattle, wa 98133) where it was also stated that the vehicle performed as designed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no failure with the vehicle. The contact was provided a case number. The failure recurred and the contact called the better business bureau where an attempt was made to mediate between the contact and the manufacturer. The contact was referred back to the latter dealer. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 33,000. 'parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).'*jb
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateJun 22, 2019
StateCA
Description
- low miles and still under all manufacturer's warranties. - engine will idle rough, vibrating the whole car while stationary. Dealer could not replicate. - engine acceleration is poor from standing, dangerous in city traffic. Dealer could not replicate. - engine will shut off while turning left in los angeles city traffic, car is completely without power. This is very dangerous in city traffic. Dealer could not replicate problem. Instead, dealership told me that engine is leaking oil. Bs. There are no oil drips in my parking space. Another mechanic told me that my car is not leaking oil. Dealership told me that they 'will work with me'. Meaning they will let me pay for each visit but they will not honor their drivetrain warranty. Engine burns oil. Engine burns oil. A new car should not burn oil. - engine will sound like a sewing machine when driving from standing and turning the wheel. Dealer could not replicate problem. (this was likely due to engine burning oil, oil low; after refilling oil, engine will not make this sound.) - I now must check my oil level at all times before driving and refill oil to full mark on oil dip stick. Hate kia. - car cabin is too hot to drive in. Metal ecu at bottom of steering column inside cabin is 180 degrees fahrenheit. Dealer could not replicate the problem. Hate kia.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateJun 13, 2019
StateTX
Description
In august 2018, my son started the car and the instrument panel was not operational and all warning lights were lit. Car still drives. (see pic). In november 2018, we took the car to kia. After 2-3 days, they were not able to replicate, and said to bring it in when it occurs. Unfortunately, it always occurs after his practice (@6pm), hottest time in s. Texas and the service department is closed. From 31may-7jun2019, my son sent me videos of it happening (5 different days). Summary: problem occurs during hot days at start up (turning car off/on will not reset), vehicle will operate but without instrumentation, and it eventually resets itself when he starts it up after work or the next day. During one episode in june, he headed to kia; during the drive the door locks started locking and unlocking and he heard clicking noises. When all this stopped, the tachometer started working but the warning lights and instrument panel was still inop. He pulled over, turned off the car, (to inspect it) and when he started the car again everything worked. The car was purchased on or about july 2017. Less than 2-years old and under warranty. The car was dropped off on 10june2019 and as of today 13jun2019, they do not know what the problem is. Concerns: problem is becoming more frequent, they do not know how to fix it until it can be replicated, they will not offer a loaner or rental; nor can they tell me if the problem affects other parts of the car, or if it is safe to operate during these episodes. In addition, my son heads to college (250m away) on 13aug2019. The car is currently at world car kia, new braunfels, texas.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMay 14, 2019
StateCA
Description
Car turns off while driving have to kids dealership wont do anything been going on for a couple of months
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMay 13, 2019
StateAL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed in traffic, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after a routine oil change. The vehicle was taken to huntsville kia (6519 university dr nw, huntsville, al 35806 (256) 217-1700) where the vehicle was diagnosed and a new engine spring and ignition cord needed to be installed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage 90,000.
CategoryElectrical System
DateMay 02, 2019
StateFL
Description
The finger press fails to start when parked in hot sun. It will then start with pressing the key on button- then a notice appears that the key is not present. But, car then runs fine. When I stop engine a notice says the key battery is weak (battery was replaced 4 days ago). Last year this happened and shop found an internal short in the smart key antenna. It did not occur again then till about 2-3 months ago.
CategoryWheels
DateMay 02, 2019
StateTX
Description
I was going 65mph on highway, when all of sudden, I heard a loud pop anf car started shaking. The hazard light came on and low tire pressure as I was trying to carefully exit hwy. My driver side tire was completely busted. This is the second tire that has blown. Last year it was my front passenger tire. I bought this car new and it only had 12miles on it when purchased. My car curreny had less than 20 000 miles on it. .. In both events, I did not run over anyything nor observed any potholes or uneven road.
CategoryEngine, Exterior Lighting
DateApr 30, 2019
StateCA
Description
Leaking oil in the in the oil pan gasket, also a notorious corrosion in the aluminum engine block, the kia have less than year, when I take into the oil change, the dealer did a inspection in the car, but never mentioned the leaking oil from the oil gasket pan. The second problems the break lights bulbs constantly keep burning in the back driver side a the passengers side. In one year I replaced 5 light bulbs.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting
DateApr 19, 2019
StateTN
Description
Kia forte driverside front head light on low beams will not come on. Dealer states part is on back order when having oil change done several weeks ago. In three weeks will need car to drive possible at night to child college graduation through mountains. Do not know if other head lamp will malfunction and stop working. The driverside was going and out now stays off. Vehicle is still under warranty.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateApr 18, 2019
StateNC
Description
When driving the engine light comes on causes car to lose power and starts to shake I was coming up a hill and almost got rear ended have taken to kia place twice now and I was told can't be fixed until a recall comes out this is very dangerous for me to be driving with my kids I pay a good penny for my vehicle now can't drive it because of this issue it's constant
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateMar 17, 2019
StateFL
Description
On numerous occasions, without any obvious cause, acceleration is delayed for several seconds. Then the engine will suddenly rev high without shifting up. The problem began about one year or 5000 miles into ownership of the new vehicle.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateMar 17, 2019
StateFL
Description
The vehicle had been driven for over 300 miles one this particular tank of gas, so I'm certain that the fuel gauge is correct; the gas light is also on. I parked at a gas station and put the car in park and turned off the car. I attempted to fill the tank, but the fuel will not go in. The fuel splashes back out and will not go into the tank.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMar 17, 2019
StateFL
Description
The fuel door will not open without assistance. Pulling the latch the first time will not open the fuel door. I must insert something such as a credit card, or try to pry the fuel door with my fingers, and then try the latch again before the fuel door will open. This problem has been occurring for more than 12 months.
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System, Visibility/wiper
DateMar 14, 2019
StateTN
Description
Ignitions coil springs part kia 27303 2e601qqk was replaced by kia delaler as part of a recall according to dealership. When I arrived , service advisor said that I was there for oil change and two recalls. I set appt. For oil change, was unaware of recall till dealership service advisor mentioned. When I checked with nhtsa no recall is listed. Kia never sent letter requesting we bring in car for recall parts. In addition they were not able to 2nd part replacement due part is on back order. Ydm rear combination lamp.
CategoryElectrical System
DateFeb 22, 2019
StateNY
Description
My battery has failed to start my car twice in a month. I took it to the dealer; they ran it through the computer; the battery came back 'functional'. This did not happen at all last year! Their remedy was to drive more or install a 'trickle charger' on the battery. (this car is a lease; I have had it for 1. 5 years--putting 3,600 miles on it.) I had my previous car for twenty years without ever having this kind of issue. I have been driving very low miles for years without a battery issue. Thoughts?
CategoryAir Bags, Seat Belts, Steering
DateJan 25, 2019
StateAZ
Description
Accelerating between 35mph and 45mph, steering wheel locked causing loss of control of vehicle. Driver let off gas and attempted brakes which did not engage. Vehicle struck guardrail on front passenger side. Vehicle then did a 180, driver side door then collided with the guardrail. Driver seatbelt did not lock, no airbags deployed. Driver sustained minor injuries including whiplash and head injury. Vehicle was traveling down a 2 lane city road. Vehicle had 46,000 miles and was just serviced by kia dealer.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJan 25, 2019
StateCA
Description
There were some parts recalled, which I has replaced at 20,000 miles. At 23,000 miles on a trip the engine light came on and the engine began to sputter as if not getting enough gas or as if the timing was off. This issue happens intermittently, even after returning car to dealership for 4 days after which they couldn't find a problem. While out of town on a trip the engine light and sputtering continues. I have always brought my car to the dealership every 5,000 miles of oil change/maintenance. Now at 24,400 miles I'm hesitant about driving a car I purchased brand new.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateJan 17, 2019
StateTN
Description
Hello: forte has intermittent strong gas smell thru vents. Is at dealer for second time. To me https://www. Nhtsa. Gov/recalls#vehicle please contact us and dealer as to next step for our safety. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).' *pm
CategoryEngine
DateDec 31, 2018
StateAL
Description
While sitting idle for over 45 minutes the car started to vibrate. When I began to drive it shook and did not pick up as it should when driving. When stopped at a traffic light it vibrates worse. I called the dealership to schefule an appointment for january 4,2019 but received a call today (december 31, 3018)to reschedule for january 18,2019. I've researched the internet and found that there are others having the same problem. I am a little leery in driving the car since the dealership doesn't have loaners and I must continue with my day to day living. I am not driving on the interstate with this problem. Stated earlier
CategoryEngine
DateDec 07, 2018
StateFL
Description
2017 kia forte I buy this car brand new back in december 22, 2017 and last month the car start to shake while I'm driving then it start to jerk as if its getting ready to turn off. 3 days a go the check engine light came on I only drive this car to work church no long distance trips or anything I have been getting my oil change and everything that to help with up keep of my car so was thinking my car is a lemon.
CategoryWheels
DateOct 15, 2018
StateCA
Description
I experienced 2 spontaneous tire blowouts, on 8/25/18 and 10/4/18. I had had the tires rotated and checked on 8/23/18. Nexen has not responded to my numerous attempts to get this resolved.
CategoryWheels
DateOct 11, 2018
StateNJ
Description
My daughter was driving on route 55 in nj and the right rear tire popped and she pulled off the highway into the shoulder. A driver for njdot arrived and told us the tire was dry rotted. We had the car towed to the dealership who told us the tire wasnt defective. I'm not an expert but I feel the tire may be defective. The car only has 20,00 miles and we had the car in a week prior and the tires were written up as having 8/32". Nexen tire. Please look at pictures enclosed. Please note we have the defective tire in our possession along with a another tire from the vehicle.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateSep 14, 2018
StateNY
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the front passenger side oem factory wiper failed to function. As a result, it impacted the contact's visibility during inclement weather. The dealer (destination kia, 760 central avenue, albany, new york 12206, 518-482-0500) stated that the wipers functioned normally; however, the front passenger side wiper may need to be replaced. The dealer mentioned a buy back offer, but did not assist with replacing the front passenger wiper. The dealer and the manufacturer verified that there was no recall. The part was not replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 5.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 05, 2018
StateMO
Description
On march 1, vehicle had been parked for 10 min on a cold day after being driven for a few hours and 'engine oveheated' came up on the display. Vehicle was towed the following day to cable dahmer kia where they said the cause was an electrical glitch and that the car was fine. On august 3rd, I contacted cable dahmer kia because the car was idling extremely low/stalling. Dealer stated they were unable to provide a loaner car but they would let me know when one because available. Was driving on august 7th when car shut itself off while going 45mph down the road. All functionality was lost. Dealer was contacted and roadside was dispatched. Dealer provided loaner and had the car until august 23rd. Dealership unable to duplicate concern and corporate asked that I pick the vehicle up. Corporate stated to me that car was functional and I did not have a legitimate concern, even with my video proof of the issue. September 4th issue happened again driving at 60 mph and had video footage. Dealer was contacted but corporate unwilling to exchange vehicle.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 28, 2018
StateSC
Description
Vehicle was in motion, smelled something "off", within seconds engine burst into flames. Entire vehicle gutted. Kia literally just installed a new engine, starter, battery, and intake 2 days prior due to engine locking up - with 22000 miles.
CategoryWheels
DateAug 28, 2018
StateCA
Description
I was driving my car at 60 mph on the freeway when I experienced a spontaneous rear right tire blowout. There were no potholes. I didn't hit anything. The service department at the dealership could find no cause. They said it was a "fluke".
CategoryStructure, Vehicle Speed Control
DateAug 22, 2018
StatePA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. When the contact attempted to apply the brake or accelerator pedals, their foot was blocked by some kind of partition on the floor. The partition was located between the accelerator and brake pedals and prevented the contact from braking or accelerating in a timely manor. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to auto express kia (10320 wattsburg rd, erie, pa 16509, (814) 825-4747), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not assist. The failure mileage was 3,600. *tt consumer stated you agent could not have taken my report any more incorrect. The problem and danger is above the gas and brake pedals. When changing from gas to brakes my foot (toes) is coming in contact with an air baffle. This is a dangerous gang from gas to breaks. This needs looked into by your agency and corrected. Updated 10/19/18*jb
CategoryAir Bags, Seat Belts
DateAug 19, 2018
StateMO
Description
Vehicle was in a major crash on illinois route 15 in belleville il. Vehicle was struck in the front driver side off center by a wrong way driver. Passenger in the kia was trapped under the dash. Passenger was wearing seat belt and it appears the seat belt failed to lock. Passenger airbags did not deploy. Passager was pronounced dead at the scene. Driver was wearing seat belt. Driver suffered severe injuries to his head from impacting the steering wheel and was ejected out of the driver side window. Subjects seat belt broke and ripped. Air bags did not deploy as well. Subject was pronounced dead at the scene. Images available upon request from law enforcement belleville police department.*dt*jb
CategoryWheels
DateAug 19, 2018
StateOH
Description
Was going over a set of rr tracks and the drivers side tire blew. Had car towed to kia dealer that I purchased vehicle from in march of 2017. After inspection I learn from the kia dealer the wheel/rim had cracks in it, they tell me they believe the car was sold to me this way. I do have wheel and tire warranty package. Kia is flat refusing to fix other damages to the vehicle. Plastic liner in fender well, a tpms sensor and one other thing I forget what the service department said to me it was. They want me to claim on my insurance I said no your failed wheel with the crack damaged the car you fix it. Kia corporate is flat out refusing to fix the car even though the dealer can prove the car was sold new with a failed wheel/rim on it.
CategoryElectrical System, Structure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 22, 2018
StateGA
Description
The car was involved in an accident and the insurance company informed the lienholder that the vehicle was possibly a total loss and the lienholder ignored them and sold the vehicle to a public auction without contacting the original owner of the car to pay on the vehicle either. The owner of the car was injured in the vehicle in question as well as a passenger and the lienholder is aware and still sold without proper notice and they changed the locks of the vehicle to prevent the insurance company from doing a proper inspection of the vehicle. The vehicle cannot be driven on a highway and shakes at 30 miles at an in less than 10 mins. The vehicle also operates on its own. The lienholder had been aware of the issue since april 2018. Less than 2 weeks after the accident.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 14, 2018
StateIL
Description
Ignition recoil problems the engine has low power. Had it serviced and it still has the same problem
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateJun 22, 2018
StateTN
Description
My car begins randomly shaking. I have had all maintenance done at the kia dealership as per my warranty specifies. The last 4 weeks, my car will randomly shake violently while idle, attempting to accelerate in the different drive modes. Yesterday, june 21st, 2018, my car started shaking violently as I was parked at the food city in chattanooga on ooltewah ringgold road. I was on facebook video messenger with my friend eating a mcchicken. I dropped my sandwich and immediately popped the hood. Upon opening, I see the engine shaking violently as before. My friend witnessed it as well. I immediately called kia motors customer service. They called roadside service to tow the car back to the dealership in cleveland, tn. Today, 6/22/2018, kia claimed they were unable to duplicate the issue and blamed bad gas. Even though the shaking happened upon returning home. My car has continually done this even with me using shell, bp, or 100%gasoline. Kia refuses to give me a fair price for trading to another car. The engine also ticks. I asked about this at the time of purchase on jan 13th, 2017 by the sales associate matt hake and was told it was normal, even though the ticking as intensified.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control, Vehicle Speed Control:accelerator Pedal
DateMay 31, 2018
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. While stationary, the vehicle accelerated rapidly without warning when the accelerator pedal was depressed. Kia of orange (210 west katella avenue, orange, ca 92867) was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 8,200.
CategoryAir Bags
DateApr 10, 2018
StateMO
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. While driving 45 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained bruises and soreness to the body, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic's tow yard. The insurance adjuster had not inspected the vehicle. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and did not assist. The failure mileage was 10,669. The vin was not available.
CategoryExterior Lighting, Visibility/wiper
DateMar 27, 2018
StateVA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that the windshield wipers failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer koons kia of woodbridge (14208 jefferson davis hwy, woodbridge, va 22191) where it was diagnosed that a fuse needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. In addition, the head lights and rear lights failed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and opened a case. The contact was advised that the manufacturer would cover the electrical failure. The vehicle was currently at the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 26,000. The vin was not available.
CategorySteering
DateMar 27, 2018
StateCA
Description
2017 kia forte. Consumer writes in regards to cracking noises on steering wheel. *ld the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. *js
CategoryAir Bags
DateMar 19, 2018
StateAZ
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact's vehicle was involved in a front end collision. A police report was filed. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and then to a collision shop. It was not yet determined if the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer and dealer were not notified. The passenger and driver suffered minor pain and bruising, which did not require medical attention. The failure mileage was 3,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting, Fuel/propulsion System
DateFeb 18, 2018
StateTX
Description
My car the gas shoots out ,I have to go through all this with a new car my engine light been on from the time I bought it this car gave me problems every time I bring it back they said just drop it off so we can try fixing it it take up to three days are more plus they don't give out loaner car at all so how I suppose to get to work so I continue to drive it like that. I don't know why I brought this car. It wasted my money and time.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 09, 2018
StateNC
Description
The autonomous emergency braking (aeb) and forward collision warning (fcw) systems on my vehicle never activate when traffic situations are obvious for the aeb and fcw to activate. Even home-spun system tests don't show the systems to be operational. The local kia dealership and repair center cannot validate the system's integrity because they cannot accomplish definitive tests to verify the system. They say "we don't know." this is a safety issue that must be resolved. This issue is ongoing.
CategoryAir Bags, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 28, 2017
StateNY
Description
I was parking my car yesterday at 7/11 and the car accelerated on it's own and crashed into a cement pillar. The airbag did not deploy. I have seen a blog where dozens of forte owners complained about the same issue, sometimes more than once. I was injured and the car needs 00 in repairs, also I am sure my insurance will increase.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateAug 18, 2017
StateFL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. The contact stated that due to the glare on the windshield, she was unable to see the road clearly. The contact stated that everything from the dashboard reflected onto the windshield. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (grieco kia of delray beach, 2255 s federal hwy, delray beach, fl, 33483) who stated that nothing could be done to the windshield. The manufacturer offered the contact a cover for the dashboard, but the cover did not fit and also covered the air bags. No further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was approximately 2,900.
CategorySteering
DateJul 11, 2017
StateWV
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2017 kia forte. While driving various speeds, the vehicle jerked right and left randomly. The failure persisted while driving on curvy roads. The dealer was not made aware of the issue. The manufacturer was notified and provided case number: 12402933. The failure mileage was 6,200.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Steering
DateJul 10, 2017
StateCA
Description
The vehicle is the s model, new for 2017, I have driven the car approximately 2,000 miles since leasing it in september 2016. The car has poor acceleration, especially going up hills and merging into traffic (moving, city). It hesitates at traffic signals (from a dead stop). The vehicle tends to sway side to side from time to time (moving, city), the vehicle is under warranty and has been looked at by two different kia dealers. A technician has rode along with me; felt my concerns, but cannot duplicate it. I was told in march 2017 that the computer had been "tweaked", but no further information.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJun 09, 2017
StateCT
Description
My 2017 kia forte s has forward collision warning system (fcws) and autonomous emergency braking system. The fcws does not work in that it does not warn me of impending collision hazzards. I have no idea if the aebs works as the fcws triggers that system. Kia techs have not shown me that it works; I. E. Warning audible nor warning image on lcd display. I have tried running up on a car in front of me until about 10 feet back at 50-60 mph with no warning then I manually applied the brakes.
CategoryElectrical System
DateMay 15, 2017
StateAL
Description
Volume buttons on steering wheel volume up turns volume down, mute button turns volume up.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateMar 29, 2017
StateGA
Description
I have had my 2017 kia forte for 3 months and in the veey beginning it drove fine. Recently the car has become very sluggish and became increasingly hard to accelerate. I noticed it but brushed it off. This past weekend I let someone drive my car and they complained about how hard it was to accelerate. That's when I knew that it wasn't just me. Today, as I was about to make an unprotected left turn the car failed to accelerate like it should from a stopped position and I was caught in the intersection longer than I needed to be. Needless to say it could have ended badly. I think this problem needs looking into. I should not be holding up traffic because my car doesn't accelerate like it should when I am flooring the gas pedal. This is very dangerous on the highway.

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6 COMMENTS
  • Kristofur B

    Bought a 2017 Forte brand new (69 miles I think) it has 53500 currently. Here’s my story. 2 ignition coils (replaced) , blower motor fire ( took 4 visits to fix when I knew what needed done before I made my appt. It would make any mechanic laugh at their quality repair work, replacement does not work properly and has a constant loud noise and blows about 10% the strength the original one did), water buildup in both my taillights (repaired). I could tolerate all that. Several months ago it Failed to accelerate as it should on multiple occasions, which is very concerning. But that’s not the worst of it.

    In the past few months I have had 3 engines in my car and it is going in the shop again 12-5-22 for a suspected engine failure #3, along with that brings $5500 in out of pocket expenses for rental vehicles, several days of unexpected hotel costs & lost my job due to this constant issue. In the past 6 months I have had my car in my possession for approximate 4 weeks. Only 1 of which was fully functional. (it forced me to leave 1*)

  • will r

    i got my 17 kia forte from car max and the crank shaft sensor went out while it was still under warranty but my radio clock keeps jumping around my tpms light was on then went away with out me doing anything other than checking all the tire and realizing none were deflated now it sounds and feels like the brakes are sticking and the car has good brakes and only 45,000 miles

  • Dinesh B

    I bought 2017 kia forte sx premium with gdi engine. I barely driven 50 kms on it. Odometer reading is 24000 kms. It doesn’t crank now. Battery is good, I don’t know what is the problem

  • Cory

    My car Mazda rx8 usually have a problem in his coil can you suggest me a good company for ignition coil replacement cost

  • Michael

    I bought my 17 forte brand new with the 2.0 Nu 6MT, she now has 80,000 miles and still running strong. I’ve literally been beating the piss out of it for four years now i.e. delivering pizzas, modifying, racing, hard pulls from a dig, etc etc. The only “major” issue I’ve had so far is that the oil pan and timing cover started leaking which was fixed free of charge compliments of the lifetime powertrain warranty. Other than that I’ve had two coil on packs go out, when the first one went I kept driving the car for 3-4 months with a bad misfire and she never blew up or died. So what if these cars are lemons, Kia knows their shit ain’t that great and that’s why they offer a lifetime warranty on their engines, transmissions and anything that works in conjunction with the two. I will never regret buying my Kia forte, it’s taken me cross country 18 hours straight without fail, I absolutely love the car!

  • Bill

    I have a 2017 Kia Forte with 40,000 miles check engine light came on took it to the shop they said it has a bad crank sensor I take it to the dealer the dealer says it has several recalls but it may need an engine because there’s some metal in the engine what to do from here is this a common problem

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