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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  • tom balistreri January 14, 2013

    I had to put over 2000 dollars in engine work

    • mike polson December 6, 2014

      I have a 2006 kia sorento The first day I brought it home it wouldn:t start had ignition problems.A crank shaft sensor went wrong and many other sensors gone wrong costing us $3,ooo.oo. many tail globes blown. while fixing sensors broke top on radiator which cost me $300.A compressor for airconditioning replaced because of the breakdown.Another fault with engine sensor coming on all the time. No other faults as yet but I am sure there will be many.I will never buy another KIA. Let me know what you think of all this. Regards Mike Polson Eagle Point Victoria Australia.

  • 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?

      • ann johnson June 24, 2014

        The same thing just happened to me. I was told my timing chain broke. $4500.00 to fix. Only 96,000 miles and car is toast. Can anyone help?

        • Glenn February 14, 2015

          If you have almost 100k miles on your vehicle without replacing timing belt and it breaks , that’s your fault.

    • Richard AUZENNE May 5, 2014

      I have a 2006 Kia Sorento . I have spent over $2000 on trying to fix my same issues and car is still not running . Now the Timing Crankshaft Sprocket is back ordered everywhere . How do I get info on lawsuit

      • Timothy M. Langille May 16, 2014

        I too have a 2006 Kia Sorento with the exact same problems, in addition to other defects Kia has not admitted too. I am in over $2000.00 and counting, not including all the towing fees and availability of parts issue. I have had to replace the Water Pump, Timing Chain, A/C compressor, as well as at least 6 headlight and another 6 or 7 tail light bulbs a year since I bought this lemon. Whats next? Someone tell me how to join this Law Suit a.s.a.p. please !

    • Beverly Taylor August 28, 2014

      My kia truck is not running because of the crankshaft and I could not turn the steering wheel it’s in the shop now.

  • 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

    • Tina Howard May 27, 2014

      Hi, just wanted to let u know we went through the same crap. we had receipts and gave them to the kia ppl. well long story short it took us a mth and a few days and many callls to the dealerships and when getting no where with them we called consumer affairs. Try that and be very persistent, we were and after 5 wks we have starting work on it. They are going to pay for it. They got on this thing with us that all the reciepts had to be printer on a printer and no handwitten. Good Luck! My husband said if you changed your oil at Kia then they should cover your repairs. So call Consumer Affairs. This is crazy that a big corp. like this can jerk around the same ppl that made kia as successful as they are. The consumers are the ones they should be looking out for. We will never trust them or that the Kia is repaired as it should be.

  • 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

    Good luck.

    • April Sleaster February 3, 2015

      Thanks for the info.I bought my 2005 Kia at the end of Oct 2014,The milage was 80,277 and at a little more then 8200 I was driving around 40mph and I lost all power steering and then everything went,I had no power couldn’t restart the call. I too had AAA but I was over 100 miles from home so I paid the difference to towed it back to the Kia dealership. Now last week 1/28/2015 I have the same problem. Lucky this time I was about a mile from home and I could hardly turn into my driveway. We looked and the belts is off. I don’t know what else is wrong for I don’t have the money to even have Kia look at it. They did pay almost 1000.00 for the last bill only I think because my step-dad is related to them but they said that if I had anymore trouble I would have to pay the full amount..So,Im screwed.

  • 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.

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  • 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

    113 Cedarhill Ave. Mahwah, NJ 07430

    • William T. Blanchard July 30, 2014

      Timing chain broke in my 2007 Kia Sorento 4 wheel drive at 65000 miles. I was told by the Kia dealer in Lynchburg Virginia that I have no waranty being the second owner. The vehicle was purchased by my employer brand new. He had a 100,000 mile ten year warranty. I was told that as the second owner that Kia was only giving me only a five year 60,000 mile warranty. I would like to be included in any Class Action Lawsuit.

  • 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

    113 Cedarhill Ave. Mahwah, NJ 07430


    • 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.

    • jonathan June 10, 2014

      Those attornies listed “bleichman and klein” just answer the phone and say “offices”?! I wanted to verify if it was the right company and he said “who are you”? No thanks–not dealing with them, rude and unproffessional a**holes. I just made the official complaint on the government website. Likely, nothing will come of it.

    • MANUEL HERAZO JIMENEZ January 5, 2015

      Tengo una kia sorrento 2013 de 7 pasajeros, ya rompio el empaque de culata o motor, dicen que se demora mas de un mes en venir de korea, como un vehiculo con 70 mil kilometros le suceda esto.

      Donde firmo

  • 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.

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  • 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 !

  • Cheryl April 2, 2014

    Please go to http://www.safercar.gov or https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml and file a complaint with the NHTSA. The more people who complain the better. Also, there is contact information for the attorneys further back in this thread. ***NO ONE will contact you! YOU MUST take action yourself! Please do this. We must get this into the news and we must get as many people as possible into the class action. Kia cannot be allowed to get away with this.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Pete April 28, 2014

    My wife and I own a 2004 Kia Sorento. The Vehicle has 214,000 milies on it and we just had the harmonic balance on the engine start sqealing . My mechanic found the problem and he is currently replacing both the harmonic balance and the sensor. We have had the car maintained as required ( including replacing the timing belt 3 times). I am amazed to hear how many of these Sorentos are defective. I guess we were lucky.
    Our Sorento was used many times to pull a 3000 pound trailer and never let us down. We have never been left on the side of the road ( other than a flat tire ) with this car. With all the mileage we have on it , I am not surprised it is starting to fail.

  • Cathy Deluisa May 7, 2014

    I bought a brand new Kia Sorento in 2005. I love my truck and have had good luck with it until 6 months ago. I was driving and all of a sudden my belts started screetching very loud and then i heard a loud thunk and lost my steering. Luckily I managed to get off to the side of the road but nearly got hit in the process. I got it towed and they told me the bolt that holds on the harmonic balancer had snapped. Had no choice but to fix it. Now 12,000 miles later it happened again. Now i am not comfortable driving my truck anymore. I can’t afford to buy another vehicle, so i drive everyday afraid it could happen while driving on the freeway. I definately want to be part of this lawsuit. I can’t afford to keep spending the money to fix it.

  • chuck brooks May 12, 2014

    I would like to be in on this also. My fiance has a 2005 sorento, with only 80000 miles on it, that had the harmonic balancer bolt snap off. I cannot find a garage that is willing to take care of this problem for her.

  • Christine May 23, 2014

    I bought an 2005 Sorento. You name it, it broke. Piece of garbage. Back in the shop today for harmonic balance, crank shaft. Driving down the highway at 60mph, lost power steering, brakes, etc. Waiting on the estimate, mechanic already said its not going to be good news. Already spent more than I paid for the vehicle. Someone is going to be seriously hurt, or worse. Step up Kia, and make it right!

  • Ann Heptinstall May 23, 2014

    We bought our 2007 new. It has tons of miles and really have been happy with it except for the tail lights that always need replacing. Just had the experience though of trying to accelerate on an on ramp only to have the engine quit. All lights came on on dashboard. At first it would not restart but about 15 minutes later it restarted like nothing ever happened. Will have it looked at tomorrow. I will contact the class action lawyers on Tuesday if that is still an option. Thanks all for the info.

  • Neal Nehring May 26, 2014

    My car is in the shop now because the bolt sheared off for the crankshaft and sensors… Please let me know how to become part of this class…

  • Evelyn Del Llano May 30, 2014

    I also own a 2006 EX Kia Sorento with 61,000 miles on it. On Memorial day the family and I went to the movies and we came out to head home I started the car and OMG! the car started making this loud noise and had no idea what just happened. We took the side roads and by the time we made it home one of the belts was about to come off. The next day took the car to CarX because they replaced the belts on the truck and by the time my husband reach the parking lot the harmonic balancer bolt snapped off, the stering wheel locked it’s self and check engine light when on and the car just died.I had it towed to the dealer where I purchased the car, they had it for 2 days and contacted my husband with an estimate of 4,300 to replace the crank shaft where the bolt broke off from and charged me 562.00 to tear my car apart. When I finally showed up at the dealer and mentioned that there seems to be a massive problem with this engine , the service advisor said I’m not the person who created the car I’m just the one who fixes them. Yeah right. At what cost? Now I have no car. You take good care of your investments then something like this happens and you have no where to turn.It sucks. Please let me know if there’s any class action suit against Kia to join in ASAP.

  • Cheryl June 13, 2014

    Please go to http://www.safercar.gov or https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml and file a complaint with the NHTSA. The more people who complain the better because then the NHTSA will investigate on their own.

    ***NO ONE will contact you! YOU MUST take action yourself! Please do this. We must get this into the news and we must get as many people as possible into the class action. Kia cannot be allowed to get away with this.

    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ATTORNEYS REMOVED BY EDITOR – If you want to advertise for clients contact Top Class Actions directly so we can create an appropriate advertising plan.

    • Cheryl June 24, 2014

      Dear Editor: I wasn’t “advertising” for clients and I am not an attorney nor affiliated with an attorney. I’m a Sorento owner affected by this defect.

      Sorento owners:
      The attorney information is still listed further up in this thread. Look for it. If it is eventually removed then just google the attorney name that is listed in the story. That’s how I found them.

  • William Evans June 16, 2014

    I too have had similar problems. Crankshaft sensor, warped pulley, sheered bolt on said pulley, resulting in more damage, including engine block. numerous other problems over the years, broken U joints, drive shaft problems, water pump, timing belts, brakes and light bulbs always going out. Where can I sign up to be a part of this lawsuit?

  • Jesus June 23, 2014

    I feel like my 2005 sorento is slowly dieing on me. I’ve had to change the breaklights and headlights several times in the past year. My passenger window has had a motor problem and the sun roof hasnt worked in years. Recently i’ve heard a weird noise whenever I go over speed bumps, it sounds like creaking. Today as I was getting home I started hearing a weird sound when I would press the gas pedal and the car almost over heated.

  • Harry Einhorn June 24, 2014

    I had to replace my driveshaft about six months ago and now my car shows a crankshaft sensor code. After reading about this, I’m afraid that a faulty bolt being sheared off is the problem. Does this qualify?

  • Jessica Braddy July 15, 2014

    I have had to replace the bolt in my crank shaft twice in less than a month, about $1000 later! This is ridiculous… Why won’t kia fix this issue. I love kia cars but this issue is making me want to boycott them.

  • Mark July 17, 2014

    My 2012 kia Sorrento with about 60000 just went up in flames. No apparent reason. My kids were in it and were very traumatized. I will never purchase another Kia again!

  • Greg Kane July 19, 2014

    I have a 2004 kia sorento and its in the shop rite now its gunna cost 3500 to fix it can anyone tell me or give me info on how to file a complaint440 320 7946 thanks

  • Candice July 25, 2014

    Please tell me where I can sign up at. I have a 2004 Kia sorento and put over 2000 in work and had the crankshaft break twice on me, once while on the highway maing me lose powersteering while I had my children in the car. I have replaced all pulleys and now Im just nervous to drive it.

  • Rene August 4, 2014

    Please go to http://www.safercar.gov or https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml and file a complaint with the NHTSA. The more people who complain the better because then the NHTSA will investigate on their own.

    ***NO ONE will contact you! YOU MUST take action yourself! Please do this. We must get this into the news and we must get as many people as possible into the class action. Kia cannot be allowed to get away with this.

    Contact information for the attorney’s office is located further up in this thread. If you can’t find it then google the name listed in the article and you will find the address and phone number for their office.

  • Chris August 19, 2014

    8/18/2014 Driving home from work at 60 miles per hour, the battery light and the brake light illuminated on the vehicle. The steering got really stiff and the vehicle was very difficult to turn. After arriving home and letting the vehicle cool, I opened my hood and noticed the belt off and the harmonic balancer with the crankshaft bolt broken off.

  • Charlie August 20, 2014

    2006 Kia sorento…same issues 65k
    Thank you Cheryl and Rene. Everyone get to using their links to complain to the safety board and sing up for the class action suit. Put an end to Kia’s taking advantage of hard working people.

  • daniela August 23, 2014

    we have a 2011 sorento and our engine just blew up within 18m of our ownership and 45k and Kia are refusing to fix it…they have not bothered to take the engine apart and are assuming it is a clogged oil filter (pile of bs) the car hasn’t moved from where it was towed and even the district manager declined the warranty repair based on this assumption and bogus lack of maintenance.
    The oil issue is key…took it in 3 separate times before the blow to fix a leak where they changed the oil 3 times after my initial change, only to be told after the blow that they never changed the filters in any of these times…what sort of actual mechanic changes oil without a new filter?!
    As others have commented…i can guess it is more related to everyone elses symptoms and not likely an oil issue at all.
    Now severely out of pocket, and with 2 young kids and a house to fix up, we also have no main car to drive..it is likely to bankrupt us at this rate.why did i pay 25k for a car with amazing warranty to be shot in the foot?!!
    How do i start up some legal action for the newer 11-13 model sorento?! I WANT IN!

    • Terri October 13, 2014

      Daniela, I have a 2012 Sorento with 44,516 miles on it. I’ve done 8 oil changes using Mobil One Synthetic oil and Kia’s oil filters and my engine seized in the middle of the highway with no warning whatsoever. I had no idea what the hell was happening. I take very good care of my cars and have NEVER had an issue like this. Kia won’t even take my engine apart to see what happened. And to be honest I don’t want them to now because I DO NOT TRUST them as far as I can throw them! The national district manager didn’t even care about any of the evidence I provided them. They told me they, made their decision based on PICTURES! SERIOUSLY?! Kia of America will not honor my warranty saying I negelcted the car. I have given them the oil change record, oil filter receipt bought directly from the dealer and the oil purchase receipts and they still will not honor the warranty. Kia absolutely SUCKS! My engine seized on 8/7/14 and I am still fighting them. Talking to an attorney tomorrow. I tried calling the numbers provided here for Bleichman and Klein and they said they don’t do class action suits??

  • Mindy September 13, 2014

    What is going on with this issue? I just had this happen to me last week and the repair costs are insane. Is Kia recalling these vehicles? where do I report my problem and how can I get Kia to fix it, Please HELP!!

    • Cheryl January 14, 2015

      Kia is not admitting there is anything wrong and they won’t recall anything unless they are forced to do so. Please see my posts from today at the bottom of these comments.

  • David J. McMillan October 15, 2014

    Purchased 2006 Kia Sorento EX AWD new in 2006. In April of 2014 had the Timing Belt, Water Pump, Crank Bolt etc. replaced at 80,000 miles as preventative maintenance. All OEM Kia parts were used, however the work was not done at a Kia dealership.

    Eleven-thousand miles later on 9/25/2014 driving approximately 60 mph I realized that I had lost the power steering. A short time later the engine dies going the same speed. Drifted on to the edge of the road. Vehicle would not start. Opened hood, looked down and could see the bets off of their pulleys. I was 125 miles from home. Had the vehicle towed for $245.00 back to the local gargae that does my work.

    He opened the hood, reached down to the lower pan and picked up the lower pulley, half of the broken crank bolt and the timing gear that came out.

    The engine is shot due to the valves becoming bent. As I am the original purchaser still had limoted warranty coverage up to 100,000 miles. As per the Kia dealership and Kia Consumer Affairs, the damages were not covered under the remaining limited warranty as this applies to only internally lubricated engine parts.


    I will sell the non-running Kia for what ever I can get for it. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER KIA.

    Dave McMillan
    Salix, PA

    • Cheryl January 14, 2015

      Your breakdown is exactly like the ones I had. Please see my most recent post today and also scroll back through the posts for more information. Even if you sell the car for scrap you should pursue a claim against Kia. File a report with the NTSB as well. Good luck to you.

  • Jessica October 18, 2014

    Have same issues please let me know what to do!

  • Tony D. McNeil December 6, 2014

    My Kia just started knocking. I want to know about the class action lawsuit

    • Cheryl January 14, 2015

      See my post from today and also use google to find information on the attorneys that are listed in the above article.

  • no name December 13, 2014

    how can this lawsuit include the 07-09 sorentos? They dont have a timing belt!

    • Cheryl January 14, 2015

      This lawsuit is about the crankshaft pulley bolt.

  • Kara Wille December 16, 2014

    2005 Kia Sorento LX have had nothing but the check engine light on since about 10k miles. Had sensors replaced then light comes back on. Engine revs higher when its around 80 degrees, lurches forward when trying to stop. Code coming up now with cvap canister. Now just replaced the camshaft sensor.

  • Julie December 27, 2014

    Bought a 2014 Kia Sorento in oct 2013…on Xmas day 2014 broke down on freeway with a Big Bang sound. Long story short there is a hole in the block from the piston rod! 40,000 km! I live in British columbia Canada. Not happy KIA

  • Ramazan Patak January 7, 2015

    My 2013 kia sorento lx broke down in middle of the road. I have only 38000 miles . I have taken to my dealer and they are telling me ,because of I did not change the oil at the dealer,I am responsible for the whole engine repair which could cost me around $6000.

    Anyone has any advice for me please?

    • Cheryl January 14, 2015

      Read your warranty. I doubt seriously that there is a caveat that specifies you must use the dealer for routine maintenance in order to protect the integrity of your warranty. Read my other post from today. Take action on your own because no one else will advocate for your best interest the way you will!

  • Cheryl January 14, 2015

    **NOTICE** You must contact the attorneys (named above in the article, use google) and you must provide all the information you have and sign their forms in order to be included in this or any lawsuit. YOU have to do the work. Nobody is going to “sign you up” or contact you. YOU must do this yourself. It’s not difficult, it’s just a little time consuming. Also, please go to the National Transportation Safety Board website and file a complaint.

    The more solid proof you proved the better. Receipts, estimates, repair orders, parts, whatever you have and can get. Your word about what some dealer said or didn’t say is just hearsay and without other solid evidence may not be enough. Spend the time and do the legwork yourself.

    • Cheryl January 14, 2015

      Also, write a thorough and complete narrative describing your situation. Include dates and as much specific information as possible, in chronological order. Make sure the dates you use coincide with the dates on your receipts or estimates. This is worth the time to do.

  • Decepciona de la kia February 19, 2015

    Saludos amigo tenemos el mismo caso y año de la kia y la garantía no quiere responder porq no es suficiente pruebas del mantenimiento que puedo hacer ayudaaaaa

  • Josh McCracken February 24, 2015

    Is this only for sorento Kia models? I have a 2004 optima with all the same problems! It first started with overheating and running rough. Then it was replacing the crank position sensor and the timing belt. We had it fixed for around 15 minutes and it is now running bad again after a big bill. I was just curious if it is the model or motor that is in question for these problems?

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