• Dec 9, 2010

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain 2011 Kia Sorento models were fitted with rear brake calipers that were improperly machined.

Says NHTSA: "As a result, brake fluid will leak, followed by illumination of the malfunction indicator light indicating the brake fluid level is low and should be checked, then a soft or spongy brake pedal feel, and if not serviced, reduced braking power which could increase the risk of a crash."

Naturally, the owner's preferred Kia dealership will inspect and replace the rear calipers if necessary at no charge. For more information, check out the official statement from NHTSA after the break.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
KIA / SORENTO 2011
Manufacturer: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION Mfr's Report Date: NOV 24, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V599000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7697
Summary:
 KIA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SORENTO VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 14, 2010, THROUGH OCTOBER 4, 2010. SOME OF THE REAR BRAKE CALIPERS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY MACHINED.
Consequence:
 AS A RESULT, BRAKE FLUID WILL LEAK, FOLLOWED BY ILLUMINATION OF THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LIGHT INDICATING THE BRAKE FLUID LEVEL IS LOW AND SHOULD BE CHECKED, THEN A SOFT OR SPONGY BRAKE PEDAL FEEL, AND IF NOT SERVICED, REDUCED BRAKING POWER WHICH COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR CALIPERS AND REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-333-4542.
Notes:
 KIA'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS SC087. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised nobody noticed the error in the title, it's spelled Sorento, not Sorrento.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All these new KIA/Hyundai models are having some serious safety related recalls.
      Wiring harness that catch on fire.
      Steering linkages.
      Brakes that don't work.

      Scary.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nearly all manufacturers are having some pretty bad recalls recently. I think it's the fallout of the Toyota scandal. Manufacturers are trying to root out the problems rather than cover them up. Most of these recalls have to do with problems with parts suppliers rather than assembly. Maybe automakers need to push harder on their suppliers to assure better quality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More scary recalls, but from a different manufacturer. Your point?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now look who the troll is!

      LOL at you trying to divert attention away from the problems at KIA by dragging in totally unrelated links.

      Fling mud all you want, TROLL all you want, but is STILL a thread about yet ANOTHER KIA safety related recall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kia you started so strong so please dont fall down.... And you the funny part is that i was planning to buy one of these because of the price and warranty but i ended up buying a CRV so therefore so far I have made a better choice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @fred123456,
        Go compare the resale value of any used KIA. You made the right choice in the CR-V.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The CR-V will last you a lot longer than the Sorento would have. Don't forget, it's still a kia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ligor
        "all tests of the CR-V show it gets average of ~26mpg
        in the kia sorrento you'll be stuck at 19mpg with the V6"

        No true.
        -------------------
        'Real World' Kia Sorento Gas Mileage Survey Results
        2011 year model 2.4L I4 (175 hp)- 24.4 MPG
        2011 year model 3.5L V6 (276 hp) - 23.4 MPG
        http://www.truedelta.com/fuel_economy.php?stage=powertrains&brand=Kia&modelCode=152&session_code=

        'Real World' Honda CR-V Gas Mileage Survey Results
        2010 year model 2.4L I4 (180 hp) - 25.7 MPG
        http://www.truedelta.com/fuel_economy.php?stage=powertrains&brand=Honda&modelCode=110&session_code=
        • 4 Years Ago
        I still can't see buying a CR-V over a Sorento. The CR-V's 180hp 4-cyl only gets 1 mpg more than the Sorento's V6. The CR-V isn't very attractive either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good choice in the CRV. I bought an 09 AWD EX for the wife. Braved last winter in the mid Atlantic, returns 30mpg highway, 24mpg city by my calculations and the trade in value on it right now is within a few hundred dollars of what we paid. Pretty good deal so far.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes you did
        even though i totally hate hte CR-V design this kia is not a better choise
        don't listen to the fool that says the CR-V will only net 1mpg better

        all tests of the CR-V show it gets average of ~26mpg
        in the kia sorrento you'll be stuck at 19mpg with the V6

        obviously you have rattled the new die hard kia/hyundai fans a bit - that's frowned upon here at Autoblog....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just check the sales chart , What car company see Kia like a challenge,ah LADA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much effort as Kia has done, It's still some years before people will truely trust their products. Currently, 5 year old Kias aren't looking very well in regards to material wear, and exterior finish, and whos to know how the current ones will turn out 5 years from now, that and a high depreciation rate will still scare many shoppers away who aren't convinced by a longer warranty, nor it's appeal high credit risk buyers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars are quite complex machines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current Sorento is just ending its first year of manufacturing.

      Regardless of brand, it's always somewhat risky to buy the first production year of ANY new car model. That first year is basically the wide-scale public beta test.

      Wait a year. It takes at least that long to identify issues, design fixes, get suppliers to implement the fixes and move them out to the vehicle assembly lines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife and I test drove one of these a few days ago. The exterior looks fine (I don't care for it, but wife liked it). I didn't like the blind spots. The steering felt very vague and the car was pulling to the side. Also, I don't believe there is ONE soft surface inside the interior. It looks fine from a distance, but the second you get up close, the cheapness is very obvious. On the other hand, we were VERY pleasantly surprised when we test drove a Mitsubishi Outlander. I never cared for Mitsu's or paid any attention to them, but I was very impressed by them. And they are currently giving them away.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Careful around Mitsu, there's a reason they're irrelevant. I'd check out the Equinox or Terrain. If you're in the market, what could a test drive hurt?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just read through all their posts and didn't see any red flags. It actually still seems to me to be the far better choice. I really enjoyed the piece about his mother's CRV; I had EXACTLY the same thoughts when I test drove the CRV. Horrible seats (single biggest factor I would never buy it) and loud cabin noise. The only "odd" thing that happened is that back door that apparently needs to be slammed to close all the way. That's super minor in my book. In general, all the reviews I've read by editors/consumers don't raise any red flags. The Outlander appears to be very solid overall and comes with an awesome warranty (I hope I'm not sounding like a fanboy, because Mitsubishis were not even on my radar until last week). The only reservation I have is the mpg's. But if I can get a brand new near loaded one for low $20s, I can live with 1-2 mpg's less than the competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Edmunds has a long term Outlander. You should check it out. You'll start finding out why they're having to give them away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is concerning... But i still give Hyundai credit for being *very prompt* to address issues like this. I can name more than a few automakers who will let an even more serious problem occur for 3+ years and not take care of their customers until a class action lawsuit is brought upon them.

      Hyundai/Kia does not have the best engineering, however they seem to take care of their car owners like no other company i've seen these days and fix things as promptly as they come up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's just another example of Hyundai/Kia (or any car manufacturer, really) learning from Toyota, not that they're necessarily more "concerned" for their customers. Of course they will recall ASAP to avoid the mess other companies have faced. I'm not a fan of Hyundai (like everyone on Autoblog it seems), but at least they seem to be more self-aware in the context of what's going on in the industry than other manufacturers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, it is not a knee-jerk reaction to what happened to Toyota ( who still hasn't made good on their pedal issues to this day. ).

        I can recall Hyundai being on top of their recall issues since the mid 2000's. ( before then i wasn't really paying attention to the company because they were putting out blahse products. )


        I don't know what is up with autoblog and Hyundai. Seems like half of the people still have a bad taste in their mouth from older Hyundais. Things have changed and they are a serious company now. I would say they are on top of their game more than anyone else is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHA! That's what you get for buying cheap Kia crap!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What? How could this be?! The makers of the most bestest cars in the whole wide world that are better than Bentley! How could they make a mistake like not making brake parts correctly?!


      Oh wait, this is still Kia we're talking about. Did you all forget?
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