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2008 Kia Rondo Recalls & Reliability

Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

EXTERIOR LIGHTING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULICRecall Date: 04/01/2013
  • Summary: Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 623,658
  • Consequence: Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of PARK without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098.
  • Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 13V114000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGERecall Date: 09/08/2008
  • Summary: KIA IS RECALLING 6,680 MY 2008-2009 RONDO LX AND EX VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.4 LITER ENGINE. THE FUEL PUMP MAY NOT OPERATE PROPERLY RESULTING IN NOT ENOUGH FUEL GETTING TO THE ENGINE. POOR ENGINE STARTING, ENGINE HESITATION, AND OTHER IMPAIRMENT MAY RESULT, AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT MAY ILLUMINATE.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 6680
  • Consequence: UNUSUALLY SEVERE IMPAIRMENT WHILE DRIVING COULD EXPOSE THE DRIVER TO THE RISK OF A CRASH.
  • Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP SUB-ASSEMBLY WITH AN IMPROVED PART. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.
  • Notes: KIA RECALL NO. SC074. CUSTOMERS 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.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 08V459000

Reliability

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Warranty

The Rondo comes with a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. MSN calls the lengthy basic warranty, which is also featured on Hyundai's vehicles, "the most-generous new-car warranty in the auto industry." In addition to the basic warranty, the Rondo comes with an equally generous ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a five-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan.

Newsday calls the Rondo's reliability "less certain" because it's so new: "Consumer Reports hasn't published any information on it yet from its surveys of reader/owners; other Kias for which the magazine has data are average, except for the Sportage SUV, which is rated worse than average."

Warranty information last updated: 2/17/09

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