The Detroit News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has concluded its investigations into both the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Kia Sorento without ordering either automaker to issue a recall. NHTSA began looking into Accord Hybrid models after a fatal traffic accident was initially attributed to unintended acceleration. The agency found no evidence of a mechanical or safety issue in the vehicles.

NHTSA had also received 18 complaints of fuel spilling from the filler port on certain 2003-2004 Kia Sorento models. Kia found the vehicles' fuel evaporation system featured a canister filter that could become clogged over time. As a result, excess pressure could build up in the fuel tank, causing gasoline to regurgitate back out of the filler neck. The canister requires regular service, but isn't mentioned in the owner's manual. According to The Detroit News, Kia has agreed to conduct a service campaign involving around 86,000 2003-2004 Sorento models.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      By "unintended acceleration" do they mean the drivers foot was pressing the gas pedal when they should have been on the brake. So by conclusion every accident is attributed to "unintended acceleration." Always blame the car, never the idiot drivers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So more idiots failing to accept responsibility for their lack of driving skills...Funny how you only hear about this crap in the US
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting. I had the evap canister thing happened to my 05 Sorento at around 45k. Maybe NHTSA didn't get enough reports for the 05MY. I looked into replacing it myself as the part was not too expensive - I want to say it was around 100 bucks. A quick phone call to the dealer revealed that it was a relatively common issue and it would be replaced under the warranty. That was the only time I had the vehicle serviced since purchasing it new. It (05 EX 4WD) was the most reliable car I've owned. (Now sold)
      • 3 Years Ago
      That evap canister thing was such a problem with Nissan Sentra's as well. 2005 and other model years. I bought my sister a 2005 sentra and at about the 50,000 mile mark fuel would start spilling out each time she filled it. I took it to my buddy and he told me "gas gauge is broken". I told him NO way, we drove 300 miles, put in just over a gallon of gas and it overflows out. For some weird reason the gas pumps don't even shut off fast enough to stop the spillage right away. Dealer wanted like $79 just to look at it. I googled, and looked through the forums. Saw that some had paid close to $400 to have it fixed. The dealer wanted about $129 for the part but was backordered. So I found a non oem part on ebay for $50 and installed it in like 20 minutes. Problem solved - this one has worked for about 60,000 miles so far so it's BETTER than the oem one OR they had a defect. I was really upset with that crap.
        • 3 Years Ago
        True, evap canisters are generally expensive, and they should be designed to be maintenance-free.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That started the ugly trend for the Honda right there. I thought 2003-2005 were one of the ugliest Honda Accord models designed
        • 3 Years Ago
        So did I, until they topped ugliest with the current Accord.
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