2009 Kia Sportage LXThe Kia Sorento is prone to catastrophic engine failure, according to a class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey.

Plaintiffs allege in the Kia Sorento class action lawsuit that Kia Motors knowingly concealed that its 2002-2009 Sorento crossovers were manufactured with a defective engine part called the crank sprocket. This alleged engine defect leads to a catastrophic chain of events that starts with severe heat buildup, the release of debris, and then leads to loss of steering control, engine failure and the potential for a hazardous accident, according to the class action lawsuit.

“Not only did Kia actively conceal the material fact that this particular component is defectively designed (and requires costly repairs to fix), but it also did not reveal that the existence of this defect would diminish the intrinsic resale value of the vehicle,” plaintiffs say in the Kia Sorento class action lawsuit.

The plaintiffs allege Kia has known about the Sorento engine defect for years, as evidenced by numerous online complaints, but has withheld this information from consumers while making numerous statements about the quality and reliability of the Sorento. As a result, Kia’s “scheme of false and misleading advertising and marketing” has caused tens of thousands of consumers to purchase a Sorento over another vehicle without the alleged defect.

When Sorento owners with vehicles still under warranty sought repairs related to the engine defect, Kia only temporarily repaired the damaged parts or replaced them with similarly defective components, the class action lawsuit continues.

Furthermore, the class action lawsuit accuses Kia of profiting from the alleged Sorento engine defect by performing unnecessary replacements, computer reprogramming and software updates despite knowing the true cause of the problem.

The Kia Sorento class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers that purchased or leased the first generation Sorento. It is seeking damages, injunctive relief – including a recall to repair the alleged defect – and more for alleged breach of warranties, breach of contract, negligence and violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

The Kia Sorento Engine Defect Class Action Lawsuit case is Robinson et al v. Kia Motors America Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-00006 U.S. district Court for the District of New Jersey.

The plaintiffs are represented by the Law Office of Schmuel Klein PC.

 

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62 Comments

  • tom balistreri January 14, 2013

    I had to put over 2000 dollars in engine work

  • Pamela Proge January 15, 2013

    I have a 2008 Kia Sorento I have been having problems with its AVS system is messed up plus my clutch. I have been having some issues with this phone.

  • Linda Donovan January 15, 2013

    OK, I have a 2008. Where do I sign up for this class action lawsuit?

  • Dottie Arrechea January 15, 2013

    Please give me information on how to file a claim against Kia for the Soranto engine problem

    • Bill Kounanis February 7, 2014

      Our car engine just blew up. Cause Timing Belt. Should we file a claim?

  • Pamela Daniel January 18, 2013

    I own a 2007. At 50,000 miles I had to replace the tensioner arms and all three timing chains. I then was informed that I had no warranty. that repair cost me $2600. wheredoI sign up

  • Everette Sims March 1, 2013

    We had a 2003 Sorento that overheated, caught on fire (engine), daughter lost steering control and had a wreck, one car accident, no one was hurt, and then finally it would not crank and we got rid of it. How do we get in on this lawsuit.

  • Kasey tolliver March 16, 2013

    bought a 2012 kia sorento they told me i would get 31mph
    i”m lucky if i get 18 to 20 highway at 55 mph this is fraud to me. that”s why i purchased it was the gas mileage.sign ,me up there is many more people like us out there.i read over 33 comments on the gas mileage they are also looking for help
    this was false advertising of kia

  • DONNA PEREZ March 21, 2013

    I loved my car 2006 Sorento till it killed on me. Motor still under warrenty! yeah! Not so fast–when the oil was changed 6 wks ago, too much oil was added the dealer repair dept said. I said too much oil, and I couldn’t have driven it for 6 wks before it ate itself! Well, you are welcome to come and look at the oil we drained out of your cxar 4 days ago!. We want $5000. I want in on this law suit, please.

  • Bob Ingram March 25, 2013

    I have a 2004 Sorento with 50000 miles on it and this just happened to me. What steps do I need to take to sign up for this lawsuit.

  • Rmcconnell April 6, 2013

    I got 81,000 miles on my 2004 kia sorento.I changed the oil every 3,000 miles since I had it. My engine is shot, the dealer says, and he says its because of (lack of lubracation)??? Gave him all reciepts and still will not fix??Family of 4 with no car ……..Sad

  • Ben Wilkes April 16, 2013

    Our ’03 Sorento threw the Harmonic Balancer pulley (crank sprocket) causing the loss of steering and a near collision with a utility pole. Had to be towed. After two attempts and over 2500.00 in attempted repairs it happened again. We’re told the car at 62,000 miles is unrepairable and cannot be driven. Tomorrow, I have to have it towed to a dealership and will have to take a significant loss to get another vehicle. Kia should be held accountable for this serious safety risk and the financial losses suffered by purchasers of the Kia Sorento. A recall is in order before someone gets killed.

  • Terri April 16, 2013

    In November 2012 I purchased a 2004 Sorento w/96,000 miles (and bought a “bumper to bumper” warranty). Last week leaving work it was suddently making a loud “chirping” sound and within 15 minutes, while going almost 50 mph, I heard a loud thud and I lost my power steering and brakes. Now, the warranty will not cover the “bolt” and because I financed it, I’m out about $8,000!!! Where do I sign up for this lawsuit?!

  • stephanie graham May 12, 2013

    I have a 2006 Kia Sorento and would like to know how to file a claim for my engine problems

  • Daniel Sumpter May 15, 2013

    Well I think this is for the newer model as well. I have a 2011 KIA Sorento and one day on the freeway I was going about 70 and all of a sudden the engine failed. Luckily I was able to cross over to the side. I think it had something to do with the eco boost. It started right back up 5 minutes later. The second this was I was getting a routine oil change and let me know that there was an oil gasket leak. Then I had a problem with the gears. I was sometimes not able to get the car to go into park or get it out of park. I would have to turn the car off in neutral then turn it back on for the gears to work. Luckily all of this was covered under the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. I will NEVER buy another KIA. There needs to be a class action lawsuit against the newer models as well. And the gas mileage that they advertise is far from the truth. At best I get about 20 to 23 on the HWY.

  • Ruby Lawrence May 20, 2013

    My son has a Kia Sorento and the crankshaft, which powers the steerling wheel, has caused the steerling wheel to lock. The mechanic said a screw broke off. This is a $5,000 expense on a 2003 Kia Sorento. This problem should have been recalled and Kia should absorb the repair cost ($5,000). This is an accident waiting to happen, and what a rip off.

  • Ian May 28, 2013

    I also am having engines problems with my 2004 Kia Sorento and have already paid about$6000 to MQI Barbados for engine repairs.They said the engine is gone but did not many any defects I have older vehicle because this is still relatively young and had never encountered such problems.MQI( McEnearney Quality Inc) belonging to ANSA McAl Ltd of Trinidad And Tobago

  • Ian from Barbados May 28, 2013

    My engine continues to give problems and for a young vehicle which was service regularly I am amazed.The MQI Barbados staff in the customer service is poor and extorted monies knowing that these vehicles have engine problems which they did not mention to me.As much as I would pay everytime I was expecting to get the vehicle back they would tell me about another problem and demanded another payment deposit of large amounts before any work could be done.When they recieved the deposits that was the end and I mean you would call and get voice mail,left a message and although you would no calls would be return.Going to the office you would be seated for hours but still did not know what was happening with the vehicle.I have learnt a lesson and will never purchase or advise anyone to purchase these poor excuses for vehicles.MQI McEnearney Quality Inc a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL of Trinidad And Tobago should refund person they monies knowing these vehicles have major engine defects.

  • Joel Pychinka June 7, 2013

    2006 kia sorento, loved my car till 2 months ago when they had to change my crankshaft sensor and camshaft sensor. 2weeks later I lost power steering and brakes and alterantor. Had belts fixed and 2 days later the same thing happened and the mechanic said they found the crankshaft bolt was loose and could’nt tighten. Had it towed to kia dealer who of course took no blame and said my warranty was expired. KIa blamed the mechanic who replaced senors claiming they didnt tighten crankshaft bolt. The mechanic blames Kia for poor design on pin for sprocket. In any case I have to replace my engine for 5,000 +. I dont have the money fix this car or get a new car. I left with out any car. I need helppp!!!!!

  • dawn jessip June 10, 2013

    Just bought my 2006 Sorento and have been driving it for about 3 months. Carfax showed no problems with it, all general maintenance had been kept up on and I was the 2nd owner. Then while driving home in the rain heard a squeal and thought that a belt must be wet. Then the steering went out…was able to steer with GREAT effort. So very lucky to have made it home. Not so lucky to find out the harmonic balancer was shot. A few days later when the part arrived and our mechanic began the work he discovered that a bolt was sheered off in the crank. More money we don’t have and now I learn that this is a problem KIA has known about and chosen to do nothing about. Where do I sign up for this suit. It shouldn’t take people dying for a company to do the right thing!!

  • Cheryl June 13, 2013

    The crank sprocket on my 2004 Sorento has broken twice. Once at 63K miles and was covered under an extended warranty that I had purchased. The second time was just last weekend 6/9/13, a Sunday afternoon in the middle of nowhere (180 miles from home, too) with 2 kids and a dog. Thankful for AAA and some nice people at Goodyear and Stay Inn. I found this information for those who wish to join this class action:

    Bleichman & Klein
    Attorneys& Counselors at Law
    268 Rt 59
    Spring Valley, NY 10977
    888-434-0004
    845-425-2510

    Good luck.

  • Kristian wilkinson June 20, 2013

    Same problems !!!! My engine is shot… How do I sign up for the lawsuit??!!

  • Lol June 23, 2013

    Sigh, you people are silly. The gas mileage thing is a simple fix. Yes the gas mileage ratings are wrong. However, Kia now issues a debit type card an puts money on it to make up for the difference in gas mileage. Next, this catastrophic engine failure you guys are talking about is just a bolt. Not the engine. Crank bolt shears off and the crank pulley sometimes falls off. Usually does not destroy the engine, because the portion of the bolt that’s left in the crankshaft can simply be extracted with a small drill bit and an easy-out.. Also KIA as a company is not going to do anything for you if you are out of warranty. That’s how all auto manufacturing companies are. It seems like most of you are dealing with a shady dealership with a Kia franchise. Here’s a pro-tip. For those of you who still have your 03-06 sorentos with the 3.5 liter which has the crank bolt problem. When you go to get your timing belt replaced, insist on having a Sedona crank bolt installed instead of the sorento. They fit perfectly and do not snap off inside the crank. Only the sorentos have that problem and it’s solely the design of the bolt and nothing else.

    For those of you with the newer style sorentos. 2011-2014′s. They do have issues with the transmission range sensor and brake pedal switches. There are recalls out right this moment to correct those problems.

    Keep in mind, all car makers are having a bad time with defects and poor building quality. Not defending Kia solely, I’ve been a dealership technician for a long time now. And I know what it’s like. Hope this helps.

    Also- for the person complaining about the loaner cars. Most dealers will not give out a loaner to a person who isn’t a consistent customer or if you don’t live reasonably close. If you live an hour or longer away from a given dealership, they will tell you no. They don’t like to let their cars get too far away from them. Insurance policy’s and other things are involved with those decisions.

    • jeff dotts March 12, 2014

      I HAVE 2006 KIA SORENTO WITH 110,000 IS THE DEBIT CARD GOOD FOR THIS YEAR AND MILEAGE

  • Cheryl July 11, 2013

    @Lol – you must work for Kia or something. Unless you’ve had this VERY EXPENSIVE and inconvenient breakdown happen to you then you have no idea what it’s like. The first time it happened to me the repair was $2500, the second time it was $900. The reason the first was more expensive was because they were unable to drill out the locking pin and the crankshaft was messed up. Kia has known all along the part that holds the pulley on is defective and a consumer should not have to “ask” for a part from another motor!! That’s just asinine.

  • Cheryl July 12, 2013

    Attorneys handling this suit:

    Bleichman & Klein
    Attorneys & Counselors at Law
    268 Rt 59
    Spring Valley, NY 10977
    888-434-0004
    845-425-2510

    113 Cedarhill Ave. Mahwah, NJ 07430
    201-529-3411

  • david July 24, 2013

    this is to lol I have no idea what the gas milage is about but the bolt is a little different, the guid pin shears off causing the the harmonic balancer aka crank shaft pulley the main pulley the make everything run, after that pin shears off the bolt for it snap off inside the crank shaft, warrant has nothing to do with it, it is a part that is not suppose to break ever, but this has happened hundreds if not thousands of time with the sorento(years 2002-2009) the kia dealer where I live is telling me that they can repair it for 1200, but due to the liklyness of this happening again they would not warrenty there work, and that the only permenant repair is to replace the engine which is 6000 to 7000. however kia hq did say if a kia dealership is repairing the sorento using kia certified parts they have to garentee the work

  • Lena August 16, 2013

    I have a 2005 Kia Sorento and my crankshaft also gave out, the warranty company I bought the vehicle with is refusing to pay for the cost because of “preexisting conditions” I am not sure what that mean. Anyway, the bill is $5000 and I am left without a car nor can I get a new car. I would like to be included in this class action lawsuit. This is terrible :-(

  • Michael OBrien August 24, 2013

    In approximately June 2012 we experienced this “breaking bolt” problem with our 2005 Sorento, approx. 50k miles. We brought it to the dealership and they fixed it under the warranty, but only after a few days of haggling over the phone with Kia. HOWEVER, the bagged us for several hundred dollars worth of repairs to pumps and sensors.
    THIS WEEK (Aug 2013, 60k miles) a loud tapping sound started coming from the engine. Brought the Sorento to a Kia service center and was told that a BOLT was found inside the engine and that it must have been from the previous repair. Now they want over $1,000.00 from me to continue to break down the engine or they wont continue working. I told them that this should be covered under the 10yr/100k mile warranty and the service center says no. Kia is not returning my phone calls.
    You cant even get a firm answer from Kia as to what their 10yr/100k mile warranty covers.
    Maybe its time to join the lawsuit.

  • Michael OBrien August 24, 2013

    In approximately June 2012 we experienced this “breaking bolt” problem with our 2005 Sorento, approx. 50k miles. We brought it to the dealership and they fixed it under the warranty, but only after a few days of haggling over the phone with Kia. HOWEVER, the bagged us for several hundred dollars worth of repairs to pumps and sensors.
    THIS WEEK (Aug 2013, 60k miles) a loud tapping sound started coming from the engine. Brought the Sorento to a Kia service center and was told that a BOLT was found inside the engine and that it must have been from the previous repair. Now they want over $1,000.00 from me to continue to break down the engine or they wont continue working. I told them that this should be covered under the 10yr/100k mile warranty and the service center says no. Kia is not returning my phone calls.
    You cant even get a firm answer from Kia as to what their 10yr/100k mile warranty covers.
    Maybe its time to join the lawsuit.

  • Lisa Finchum September 3, 2013

    I own a 2003 Kia Sorento, I have the same problem its a crappy design, but it can be fixed, although Kia wants your warranty to run out first so they don’t have to absorb any costs. The crankshaft bolt and only one rollpin, come an engine with this much power should have been designed better!!!! Simply get a hardened steel bolt, and weld a hardened roll pin in it and then try to tack weld the bolt also, as for the lawsuit, I would like to join in, but Kia is all about making money. They are a large corporation, so we all need a lot of luck. My husband has worked on vehicles his whole life, I consider myself very lucky we are in the process of getting mine fixed now. Just use a hardened steel bolt in the crank, Fastenal Company can get it for you. I would like info on the class action suit please …

  • brittany September 6, 2013

    I own a 05 kia sorento, I bought it from a buy here pay here place I had the car 85 day before the crank bolt broke I took it in to the buy here pay here shop to have it fixed. the whole time they did not call me once I had to call for updates on the car I finally called the man who sold me the car to see if he had any say so in the shop he said no but would file a complaint and keep me updated after not hearing anything for another week I called he said they are working on trying to get the bolt out but they have never done a repair like this before. To me that means they are not qualified to do the job but by then it was to late to send the car some where else I asked why they were working on my car when they don’t know what they are doing I was told that they were confident that they could do the job. after 3 weeks the car was finally done but they told me it was not running right and that it would need a new short block so a 100 repair turned into 5150.28 that I was responsible to pay for they added it to the back of my loan. 21 days after I got the car back it started to make a horrible taping noise so I took it to kia instead they called me two days after it was in the shop and told me it was coming from the short block and that buy here pay here was paying for the tear down of the short block. I called a few days ago and I was told that the oil was staying at the bottom of the engine where the short block was instead of traveling up through the engine so the rod barring were grinding together and blew my whole engine I was also told that the gasket was not put back correctly that there were some bolts that were broke or missing some weren’t replaced. the guy from kia told me that he found it really unbelievable that a brand new manufactured short block blew up after 21 days and that he doesn’t understand why they didn’t tightened any of the bolts down or replace the broken ones said that it didn’t seem right I asked him the other day how was paying for the repairs on my car he said buy here pay here was covering the cost so far to me that makes them guilty of blowing up my engine because they weren’t qualified to do the job they were sloppy and unprofessional now they are trying to put a used engine from a junkyard in my car to me its not about the mileage on a car its how the car was taken care of was the oil changed regularly and all that what happens if it blows up 2 months down the road because they wanted to buy the cheapest engine. my warranty is void after they put the engine in the car so if it blows I have to pay full price for a repair that should have already been fixed so im out 5200 dollars and I get a used engine I think this is robbery and fraud.

  • david b September 10, 2013

    This same thing happen to us last week after we brought our kia 3 months ago. After yelling and screaming at the sales person (who sold us the car), his GM decided to split the cost of repair ($500.00). Calling the law firm tomorrow!!!

  • Cheryl September 12, 2013

    Please contact this law firm if you have had this happen to your Sorento. There is no cost to you and hopefully in the end we will all get something and Kia will be held accountable.

    Attorneys handling this suit:

    Bleichman & Klein
    Attorneys & Counselors at Law
    268 Rt 59
    Spring Valley, NY 10977
    888-434-0004
    845-425-2510

    113 Cedarhill Ave. Mahwah, NJ 07430
    201-529-3411

    EDITOR’S NOTE – THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED BY TOP CLASS ACTIONS! THE ATTORNEYS HAVE NOT CONTACTED TOP CLASS ACTIONS AND WE HAVE NEVER WORKED WITH THIS FIRM! WE CANNOT CONFIRM THE CREDIBILITY, RELIABILITY OR SKILL OF THIS LAW FIRM!

    • Cheryl January 27, 2014

      Bleichman & Klein are the attorneys referenced in the above article (Law Office of Schmuel Klein PC) and that’s how I found them. I am a private citizen, not an attorney or an employee of an attorney. I contacted Bleichman & Klein myself after I read this article on topclassactions.com because of breakdowns on my 2004 Sorento.

      FYI – you can not be included in the class action by just saying on here that you want to be. You must contact them yourself.

  • Freda September 12, 2013

    I have a 2007 Kia Sorento LX. It’s making a clicking noise. The Kia repair center told me it is the timing chain and tensioner, and the repair will be over $2500.00, and that it is not covered by my warranty company . It is a known failure by Kia, but they will not assist with the repair. Please include me in the class action suit.

  • Cheryl September 13, 2013

    Bleichman & Klein are the attorneys referenced in the above article (Law Office of Schmuel Klein PC) and that’s how I found them. I am a private citizen, not an attorney or an employee of an attorney. I contacted Bleichman & Klein myself after I read this article on topclassactions.com because of breakdowns on my 2004 Sorento.

    FYI – you can not be included in the class action by just saying on here that you want to be. You must contact them yourself.

  • RAY WELLS October 3, 2013

    PULLEY BOLT BROKE THEY SAY ITS EXTERNAL BUT WANT TO PUT IN A NEW ENGINE BLOCK AND IT SEEMS THATS EVERYTHING INTERNAL CAR IS A 2005 SORRENTO WITH 37000 MILES AND STILL LOOKS BEAUTIFUL

  • Kathy Burke October 28, 2013

    My 2006 Kia Sorrento has engine damage due to a crankshaft failure. They refuse to cover the repair. Can you please advise me what the status of this class action lawsuit is? I would like to be involved. Thank you.

  • Kathy Burke October 28, 2013

    How do I take part in this class action? Who do I contact? Website?

  • Frank Cavicchio November 8, 2013

    I have a 2005 Kia Sorento. I had no idea about this engine problem. I was just looking to see about recalls on the 05 Sorento.

  • Lorelei Hickman November 27, 2013

    Took 2005 Kia Sorento in to Kia Dealership in Leesburg Florida to change Timing belts due regular maintenance. Went to drive around block for test drive and engine died I made it right back into the dealership that changed the timing belts. The mechanic came out saw the engine light on tried to start it back up and it would not start. got a tool to check the engine light and the tool could not read the Engine. The service person rented me a car and said it is probably the sensor needing to be changed and does not know if or what it will cost me. This is where I am with this current situation on my 2005 Kia Sorento. will keep you informed as it unfolds. Anyone with any IDEAS ? Thanks

  • Mike Hobbs November 28, 2013

    We own a 2005 Kia Sorento with 153,000 miles on it and has been a wonderful vehicle up until the last year. Earlier this year the crank sensor and cam sensor went out shortly after a new timing belt was installed.

    Then just last month my wife and daughter were on the way to school and lost power steering on an S-curve…my wife miraculously guided the vehicle onto a side road without wrecking…but both were very shaken.

    Our mechanic said a defective pulley bolt broke and we were very fortunate that they weren’t injured or worse.

    The motor runs very rough now.

    Please keep us updated on the current situation.

  • Kimberley Lucaj November 30, 2013

    I am so pissed off at Kia Motors. Our 2006 Kia Sorento has only 53,300 miles on it. This suv is hardly driven and more than half of these miles are ALL FREEWAY!
    The crank sensor and cam sensor has and timing belt are all be replaced as I am typing this. The cost is over $900.00 dollars. We called the dealership in sherman oaks and wanted to charge us$2400.00.

    The dealership said to us it is NOT under warranty. We bought a 2013 Kia Soul too if anything else goes wrong with either one of the cars I’m NEVER buying another Kia. I will let everyone know how these cars are not only UNSAFE but JUNK!

    PISSED off mislead customer!

  • Myrna January 7, 2014

    Please, please sign me up for this lawsuit. What do I need to sign? I have a 2006 Kia Sorento with only 50000 original miles (I bought it new) and I am having this same problem.

  • Mike Brantley January 11, 2014

    I have an 05 that just lost the HB and all drive belts stoped turning. WHERE DO I SIGN UP. I had no luck talking to Kia

  • Anna January 18, 2014

    I currently own a 2006 Kia Sorento.I bought mine from a Kia dealership and am only the 2nd owner of this car. The carfax showed no issues with this car and that all maintenance was up to date. Out of the blue on Thursday after taking my kid to school my car shut down on me while I was doing 35. I had to fight to get the car off the road cause the power steering shut down. When it shut down the check engine light came home. Once I was safely off the road I threw it in park and turned everything that was running off. I was able to recrank the car and make it safely home. I called Kia and was told to bring it in. The tech diagnosed it as water in the tank..aka bad gas. So he added a product called Sledgehammer and told me not to get gas from there anymore. On Friday I was at O ‘Reily Auto Parts getting a battery for the car. Once they were done I tried to crank the car and it was shaking horribly and then it cut off. I tried to crank it up 3 more times before I got it to stay cranked. The last time it fired up it backfired under the hood. My engine light was now on, so I walked back in and ask the person who put my battery in about it. He came out and checked the computer with the code reader. It was showing a code for the O2 sensor and something about the cam position. He told me it could be related to the bad gas issue and that I should drive the car til all this gas was out of the car. I came home and cut the car off. Something said try to crank it so I tried and was met with the same issue again. The 3rd time i tried to crank the car it refused to crank. I called the tech that worked on my car and he ask me to turn the key to the off position and back to the position where the lights come on the dash 5x. i did so and tried to crank it but it did the same thing..shuddered and cut right back off. The tech got a rollback in route to get my car. Today (Saturday) I called and was told that the camshaft sensor needed to be replaced. I ask if it was related to the bad gas and was told it was possible. I decided to google the issue and i found this article. I am now worried that this is the issue with my car.

    On 8-9-12 my Sorento was in the shop for the following repairs: AC Compressor and Tune up with lead to the following parts being used: Timing-Belt, Idler Pulley, Tensioner Pulley, Auto Tensioner, 3V-Ribbed belts, Oil Seal-Camsha, PCV Valve, PCV hose, Coolant Pump Assembly, Spark Plug Assembly, Thermostat Assembly, 3 Gaskets, Antifreeze, Coolant Flush, Gear Oil. The warranty paid $605.74 and I was left owing $2163.57.

    I will be calling Kia on Monday to inquire about this issue and see if it is related to this article. i will also be calling about the lawsuit. Here I thought I had found a wonderful one owner car and now I am wondering if the previous owner did not get rid of the car due to issue I have yet to run into.

  • stan February 16, 2014

    Took my 2008 Sorento 54,000 miles in for maintenance and told them about the knocking sound and they said they couldn’t hear it! What do I need to do to sign up for the lawsuit?

  • Cindy O March 6, 2014

    I just had my Kia shut off in the middle of the road while driving 40 mph. I barely made it off the road because steering and everything shut down. I had it towed home, where we looked at it and the belt is shredded again. The second time in about 9 months I already put thousands in it for leaving me sit a week after I bought it . The belts broke and it overheated leaving me stranded. Sick of it!! I love the car but this is too much to handle! Do they think we are freakin made of money to keep fixing these cars?

  • Audra March 19, 2014

    I have a 2012 Kia Sorento 4-cylinder AWD LX that has approximately 42,000 miles (still under warranty) last Friday I sent a rod through the bottom of my engine block while driving down a highway during morning rush hour. I was luckily not hurt or killed because I recognized that something was failing in my motor and was attempting to get off the highway. Kia has been extremely difficult to deal with on the repair and I still do not know how or when I will have my vehicle back. Obviously they have not fixed the defect or made a bigger problem with their engines. The dealer had confirmed that I had all of the required maintenance done under the warranty requirement and they are telling me they are going to put a rebuilt engine in my vehicle and the warranty doesn’t roll back for the failed part. I am highly disappointed with Kia motors and how they treat their customers.

    • Audra April 14, 2014

      UPDATE: I still do not have my vehicle back yet. They have replaced the short block assembly once already back on March 28. The dealership had called me and told me to pick up the vehicle and later that day. I received a call back stating they heard a noise and they were on the phone with the engineer and I would not be able to get me vehicle until the following week. It is now one month from the initial incident and I still have no idea what Kia is doing to fix or replace my vehicle.

  • Amanda Claudio March 29, 2014

    I have a 2005 kia sorento that shut off as I was driving coming off of I 95. Lucky I was able to drift to the side but I was still stuck in the middle the off ramp with cars coming at me. Just got it back from the shop and one of things they had to replace is crank sensor. Very interested in this lawsuit

  • Nathan March 31, 2014

    My sister bought a new 2013 fully loaded with all the bells and whistles including the famous 10 years waranty and the vehicle had about a little over 30,000 miles on it when the engine just blew apart on her. She had it towed to the nearest kia dealership where they checked it out for her and the engine did blow up and they are not going to warranty it beacuse of what the said they found while looking at the motor. They were asking my sister to produce maintainence records as far as oil changes and unfortuneitly we have always done are own oil changes at the house my dad wouldn’t pay anyone to do that since I was a teenager and it wasn’t anything for us to just stop in the parts store buy the oil and filter and change it . We never thought about saving the recipients bad mistake they will not warranty the engine they want us to prove the maintenance was done. If we had the money I would hire an attorney my ather co signed for my sister so both of them will be liable for paying off a car that they can not even drive. My sister is a widow with two little children an my father is a disabled veteran way to represent America Kia ! Scum I would never buy a Kia !

  • Joshua Rather April 3, 2014

    I had an 05 Sorento, after stranding me twice because of sensor failures, it left me stranded 5 hrs. from home after the engine completely seized on me. We have another 05 and I am just waiting for it to die. Kia really screwed people with this stupid piece of junk. How can I get in on this.

  • Cheryl April 3, 2014

    This just happened to my 05 kia how do I sign up to have it repaired

  • Cheryl April 4, 2014

    Recommend you go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and file a complaint. If enough complaints are filed then the NHTSA will investigate. Contact information for the attorney’s office is further up in this thread. You must contact them yourself.

  • Christy Ware April 4, 2014

    REPLACED Harmonic Balancer less than one year ago and yesterday it fell off my Sorento AGAIN while driving down a freeway during rush hour. I had no steering and engine was sluggish. I have a 2006 Sorento and loved my car until this happened again! I was days away from trading it in for another KIA . . . which is not going to happen. I am headed to Facebook to let EVERYONE know about this vehicle and the class action law suit listed above and about defective parts! Thank God it did not cause a vehicle accident and hurt others or myself. KIA, you will never get my business or support!

    • Cheryl April 7, 2014

      Your story is very similar to mine. I took my Sorento to Kia and traded it in anyway. I didn’t even mention the defect or anything (cause they’ll just deny it exist and then they’ll be defensive), I just kept holding out until they gave me what I wanted for it. Of course, they make money on the deal no matter what, but at least I got something for it. I got an Optima, which I love. Just glad I didn’t get the one with the glass top because I’ve read reports of them exploding outward!

  • Christy Ware April 4, 2014

    ***************Please call this attorney’s office and put your name on this class action case. It only takes two minutes to give your email and your on the list!!! THEY NEED MORE COMPLAINTS! Come on people KIA NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!

    Bleichman & Klein
    Attorneys& Counselors at Law
    268 Rt 59
    Spring Valley, NY 10977
    888-434-0004
    845-425-2510

  • Kari KennedyMeade April 6, 2014

    I am just now starting to have problems with my 2006 sorrento. First it was the battery now i keep hearing this squeling noise when i start the motor. I am now scared to driving it due i dont know if the steering is going to go out or God know what might happen. I am going to make a complaint for sure before i get in a accident.

  • Brooke April 9, 2014

    I just drove to work today and my power steering started to lock up. Well i made it to work and when i got there my car completely locked up. You could turn the car on but couldn’t move the steering wheel. So now i have had it towed, its being looked at with now saying the bolt on my engine is messed up which is caused me engine trouble. I have just gotten out of college and how am i suppose to afford a new vehicle on a teacher salary?

  • Rene Garcia April 9, 2014

    My wife loves her kia sorento 2003, but year ago it started making a noise, they told us it was the heads we put heads twice over 2000.00 and still i can not get the kia to run. they told me we needed a new motor please help.

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