Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
PE04065HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC09/21/200402/08/2005REAR DRUM BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER LEAKAGE
 The office of defects investigation (odi) opened this preliminary evaluation to investigate allegations of rear drum brake wheel cylinder leakage in 2002 kia spectra vehicles.this investigation was prompted by kia
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DRUM - WHEEL CYLINDERS
PE04065HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC09/21/200402/08/2005REAR DRUM BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER LEAKAGE
 The office of defects investigation (odi) opened this preliminary evaluation to investigate allegations of rear drum brake wheel cylinder leakage in 2002 kia spectra vehicles.this investigation was prompted by kia

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SERVICE BRAKES
06/13/2012100000
 Tl* the contact owns a 2002 kia spectra. the contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the brakes failed. the contact stated that the brake pedal went completely to the floorboard. the contact added brake fluid to the vehicle however, the failure recurred. the contact stated that she noticed that the brake fluid was leaking out of the vehicle. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 100,000.
06/13/2012100000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2002 kia spectra. the contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the brakes failed. the contact stated that the brake pedal went completely to the floorboard. the contact added brake fluid to the vehicle however, the failure recurred. the contact stated that she noticed that the brake fluid was leaking out of the vehicle. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 100,000. kmj
06/13/2012100000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2002 kia spectra. the contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the brakes failed. the contact stated that the brake pedal went completely to the floorboard. the contact added brake fluid to the vehicle however, the failure recurred. the contact stated that she noticed that the brake fluid was leaking out of the vehicle. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 100,000. kmj
06/13/2012100000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2002 kia spectra. the contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the brakes failed. the contact stated that the brake pedal went to completely to the floor. the contact poured brake fluid into the vehicle and the failure recurred. the contact stated that she noticed that the brake fluid was leaking out of the vehicle. the vehicle was not repaired . the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 100,000. ap
SERVICE BRAKES, ELECTRIC
06/05/201036600
 2nd request. i have a 2002 kia spectra, ls. what i attributed to an engine surge since owning the car has turned out to be more serious and frightening. the gas and brakes pedals are too close, this was noticed by a mechanic and my daughter. when depressing either pedal, both are depressed at the same time. depending on which one gets more pressure, that's the one that takes over. when parking in a handicap spot last week i was fortunate to be aiming at the space between the cars facing me. i managed to remove my foot in time to depress the brake before i went all the way through to the next lane behind the cars. this has happened many times. so far i've been fortunate enough to remove my foot and step on the brake before i was hit by another car, or i ran into them. the brake pedal is also crooked but that has nothing to do with their positions. i am a small person so i can't imagine how a person with larger feet can deal wtih this. even my hiking shoes make the problem worse because they are wider. as a 73 yr. old woman, i am still an albe driver and not imagining this. it's terrifying and i've told my children if i'm ever killed in a car accident, that will no doubt be the cause. nancy page
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
03/23/201276000
 Car just caught on fire while driving. no caution lights came on. fire started around the back tire of car, passanger rear. possibily trunk. have photos. smoke quickly entered back seat area with only moments to stop and jump out before it went up in smoke.
03/23/201276000
 Car just caught on fire while driving. no caution lights came on. fire started around the back tire of car, passanger rear. possibily trunk. have photos. smoke quickly entered back seat area with only moments to stop and jump out before it went up in smoke.
03/23/201276000
 Car just caught on fire while driving. no caution lights came on. fire started around the back tire of car, passanger rear. possibily trunk. have photos. smoke quickly entered back seat area with only moments to stop and jump out before it went up in smoke.
03/23/201276000
 Car just caught on fire while driving. no caution lights came on. fire started around the back tire of car, passanger rear. possibily trunk. have photos. smoke quickly entered back seat area with only moments to stop and jump out before it went up in smoke.
03/23/201276000
 Car just caught on fire while driving. no caution lights came on. fire started around the back tire of car, passanger rear. possibily trunk. have photos. smoke quickly entered back seat area with only moments to stop and jump out before it went up in smoke.
11/28/20081
 On friday november 28, 2008 at 4:45pm, i was driving on state highway 58 by jenkins and rosedale highway in bakersfield, ca. i was going approximately 50 mph and was approximately 50 yards from the vehicle in front of me. i had to slam on my brakes due to the car in front of my braking automatically, my brakes locked up and i was in a front end crash. not only did my brakes lock up, but my duel sided air bags in my 2002 kia spectra which i have only owned for four months did not deploy. luckily no one was badly injured but due to this incident my muscles are badly sore and bruised. the whole front end of my vehicle is destroyed and most importantly my headlights which are required by law to have, are shattered. *tr
08/01/20081418651
 Three years ago while traveling down i-40 the cruise control stuck on the car, the brakes locked up. the car had climb to 90 mph in a 65 before i realized what was happening. the only way to stop the car was to put the car in neutral and cut the engine. thank the dear lord in heaven me and 2 other co-workers were not in heaven traffic that day. i had the car towed to kia in winston salem, nc where the mechanics are the only ones that had ever worked on that car at that time. they tried to say that it was an animal or someone must have touched the cable causing it to slip out of the groove which would cause the cruise control to stick. they flipped it back on and it worked fine until friday night, august 1, 2008 around 9:00 at night when me and my 10 yr old daughter was coming home from having dinner out. again the cruise control stuck started accelerating with no way of stopping it and the brakes locked up. the car had climbed to 70 mph in a 55 before i finally put it in neutral and cut the engine. the car has scared me twice now. i am scared that it will happened it again and next time we want be lucky. i am afraid this car may end up hurting us or someone else really bad. i complained to kia 3yrs ago they didn't care when the car was still under warranty and i sure don't see them caring now. do you? *tr
02/21/2004258161
 I was moving my car from the side door of my house to the front of the garage door when i could not stop. i was doing aproxx. 3 mph and slid in the garage where it was about a half foot fropm hitting my sons truck which ironically he just had done a brake job on the day before (working great). the car was made on 6/20/2001 so if anyone as a problem it need to be reported.
38000
 While driving at 25 mph vehicle experienced brake failure when brake pedal was depressed and vehicle failed to stop. engine then died, which stopped the vehicle, but resulted in loss of power steering.*ak
04/07/200213734106/18/2002
 I rear ended another vehicle at 30-40 mph, front end damage resulting in over $6400, including unibody alignment. upon impact driver and passenger air bags did not deploy, brakes locked up and did not release. i am concerned about the safety of this vehicle and would like an investigation into this matter.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
05/05/2004334302008/09/2002
 (1)brakes feel insufficient until pressed very hard (2) 2 accidents where i as the driver rear ended drivers (3) complaint was made to sholz kia when i went to have orvr recall taken care of and they stated the brakes were normal for the model. also: (1)occasionally when vehicle transmission is put in reverse (2) the car drives forward (3) i called sholz kia and chrysler-plymouth-kia or paramus and was not taken seriously. *jb
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
06/17/2005420001
 Car in front stopped short so also immediately applied brakes forcefully in vehicle. wheels locked causing car to vereen across highway adn bounce off jersey barrier out of control and back across three lanes of traffic before hitting left side barrier and stopping. car is a total wreck. kia body person says accident caused wheel to lock not the other way around. didn't think they would accept liability for causing accident and they didn't let me down on that score. insurance company settled claim with deductible applied and ma automatically places blame to driver on one car accidents. the car malfunctioned and that's what caused the accident but i can't prove it.