2022 Kia K5 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Air bag and lighting issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Kia K5 might be a newer car, but it’s just a renamed version of the previously used Optima. The automaker wants people to believe that this car is completely revamped and has everything discerning drivers want. They even tell people to “go ahead and stare.” However, the only thing customers are staring at are all the defects, including the malfunctioning air bags and glitchy exterior lighting systems.

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Problems with the Air Bags

The air bags are an essential piece of equipment included with every car to prevent injuries during accidents. By now, most manufacturers have perfected the system, except for Kia it seems.

One NHTSA complaint states, “The contact owns a 2022 Kia K5. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, she struck two deer that jumped into the roadway. No safety object detection was activated during the failure. The vehicle went to the left and right and stalled. The driver-side door was jammed. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no warning lights illuminated. There were no reported injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent lot. The contact called the local dealer but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000.”

This isn’t the only major malfunction happening with the K5. Even the fuel system is at risk for a massive failure. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V519000 states that there could be a fuel leak at the connection between the fuel rail and the high-pressure fuel pump. This problem affects more than 21,000 vehicles, which is simply unacceptable. Not only does a fuel leak increase the chance of a fire, but it is causing many customers to lose sleep. At this point, it’s hard to trust Kia to build anything larger than a model car used for playtime. Even that might fall apart.

Problems with Exterior Lighting

Seeing clearly at night should be a major design aspect of any newer vehicle. Yet, customers are having trouble with the lighting on K5 models.

Another NHTSA complaint points out, “A few days ago I picked up my new 2022 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD Sedan. The car has LED projector headlights. On the driver’s side headlight it casts a ‘V’ shaped void onto the opposite side of the road, presumably to prevent the bright light from hitting oncoming drivers. However, when going around a left curve this void is directly in front of the car in my lane preventing me from seeing what is in front of me. I do not believe there is a way to adjust this since most likely you would have to remove the headlight, disassemble it, and then take the projectors out and disassemble them. Giving you access to the cutoff plate which I can only assume has a raised v to block that section. The plate would look similar to?. I understand the reasoning the engineers had for installing that plate within the projector bulb to prevent blinding other drivers, but at the expense of K5 owners own safety when going around left curves, especially in unfamiliar areas.”

The company can’t get the lighting or other basic features put together right. Even NHTSA Campaign Number 21V447000 shows that there are issues with the motor-driven power steering system. The R-MDPS equipment can’t seem to diagnose its own faults the way it should. If an error occurs in communication while going around a curve with the Lane Following Assist technology engaged, the steering level might not adjust correctly, causing the driver to use more steering effort to control the car. Maybe this car is good for someone hoping to build muscles, it’s not appropriate for the common everyday driver.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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