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.

      • Deborah Mckinstry July 28, 2015

        I had to replace my motor at 119, 000 miles due to a faulty oil pan that KIA refuses to acknowledge. My rear end has been gone. ESC light issues now. I will NEVER purchase another KIA and will be sure that noone else that I know will either

        • abubakere shakure September 19, 2016

          You are alright, we have same issues and my own car is KA sorento 2003 with 17 mls it doesn’t have power anymore

  • 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?

    • ella schaaf April 11, 2016

      we have a 2009 kia sorento, have been told about the timing belt problem but so far nothing has happened, we are 122.000 miles. this is our only means of transportation, i do a lot of doctoring as i am diabetic, and have to travel 5o miles to the doctor. hope nothing happens, because i just cant afford it.

  • 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 !

        • corey January 5, 2016

          I am on the second engine from kia and it just blew up. I pulled it apart and the rod bearing were gone. Anyways I am a mechanic but money isnt free. I have spent 2000 on this pile of shit already. I can honestly say that the cause of all these issues is the oil pump. I am going to pull this pile apart and demand that they give me a new one.

    • 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.

    • Kristine L Musial July 27, 2016

      Same here. Too much oil. Only 65 thou miles on 2007. Ran fine, then went to start and engine seized .

  • 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

    • Pedro October 8, 2015

      Claim on Kia Sorento 2006

  • 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.

      • Nina Ratliff August 21, 2015

        I bought a used 05 KIA last year, It has a little over 148,000 miles on it. I was stupid because I always buy Chevrolet’s, I have had this vehicle for almost a year. About 2 weeks ago the engine went, mind u I babied this vehicle and I dont drive it that often, I am disabled and cannot afford another vehicle so I cancelled all my appointments even with the heart doctor. I hope and pray people read this and realize not to buy a KIA because it is a lemon, I wish I had gotten a chevy they never let me down.

  • 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


    • Lori September 22, 2016

      So we have had 3 different people try to get the bolt out and it’s still in there. How can we get it out? We loved our sorento and would love to drive it again.

  • 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.

    • Roy July 21, 2015


  • 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

    • Prose March 6, 2015

      I got this email from shmuel.klein@verizon.net We amended the complaint and Kia asked that the case be dismissed. We are hopeful that the Judge will deny their application.

      There was another law suit against Kia and they stalled that case for 10 years but ultimately lost.

      If you would like us to include you in our database for future notices, without obligation, we need the followiing:

      your name address city state zip

      copy of your title

      copy of repairs and estimates

      how many miles when car failed? how many miles now?

      bought new or used?

      when/where did you buy?

      other details?


      file a complaint with:


      thanks for contacting us.

      Law Office of Shmuel Klein

  • 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??

      • Cheryl January 14, 2015

        Bleichman and Klein are the attorneys of record for this class action; however, it includes on 2002-2009. You may wish to call them again and refer to this specific case, then explain your situation. It appears there are many people with newer vehicles that are experiencing the same problem.

        Also, go here and file a report: http://www.safercar.gov or https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml and file a complaint with the NHTSA.

  • 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?

  • Prose March 6, 2015

    Hello Lol, I hope you can help me. I have a 2004 Kia Sorento EX and March 3, 2015 while driving down the highway the vehicle just shut down. All the dummy lights came on and I had no power steering, no brakes and no accelerator. When I did get stopped I turned the key off and then tried to turn it on again and absolutely nothing happened. Zero power. I had the Sorento towed to an auto shop in St. Peter, MN. I had just put all new tires, all new brake pads, new wheel bearings in both front tires (also a few years ago had a trailer hitch and remote start put in), and a brand new battery in it so, as much as I wanted to have it repaired after putting all of that into it, I could not see putting a LOT more into it as it does have 159,000 miles on it. (I know, thats high) If it was a simple fix, I would do it. They checked it out briefly and told me that it has electrical power and good power to the starter, but the engine doesnt rotate – they cannot even physically rotate the engine. My Sorento is still sitting in their parking lot because I am unsure of what to do. This just happened 3 days ago. Could you give me a rough idea of what it may cost to have this issue fixed if it is the crankshaft bolt? I have not asked the mechanics at this place yet. I do not know this auto mechanic. It just happened to be the closest place to tow my Sorento. Could it be any other issue? Could this have damaged anything else in the engine? What are the chances the whole engine is shot? Im sorry. I know its near impossible for you to know without looking at the vehicle yourself, but I appreciate any advice you could give me. Thank you. Paula prhalvorsen@msn.com

  • Mercie D. Brumfield March 19, 2015

    Our 2007 engine with 82K miles on started having problems. First we were told it was an OCV and replaced that. Now, the KIA dealer is telling us we need a complete new engine that can cost between $6,430 to $7,540. We need the car repaired, and even if we put in a new engine, they say they cant tell us or guarantee we wont have an engine failure again. If we get a new engine, how can we be assured and get a guarantee on the new engine … they wont tell us if its going to be replaced with another defective engine.

  • robert klimczak April 14, 2015

    2005 sorento Just happened 4 days ago bolt broke pulley fell completely off kia wont cover cost me 1056 dollars please help can i get in on this class action.

  • Darlene April 17, 2015

    Same problem as most of the rest …yesterday while driving the Harmonic Balancing bolt broke off while beginning to make a turn into school…no control…no power steering, went up into grassy area..thank goodness ..now @ Kia shop …hopefully its repairable so I can get rid of it…just spent money on Air compressor…otherwise…had it for 6 yrs. & been a good car up until now w/ 96.000 miles. after reading all this,..its scary…yes I will call the Attorneys listed…

  • Genella Phillips Hoover April 22, 2015

    I bought this 2003 KIA, Sorento, car from HELL last year with 133,000 miles on it. I have spent over 8,000.00 trying to fix this engine problem. I thought after changing so many things it would work better but alas it quit on my husband three days ago in the middle of traffic. He was able to get it off the road to have it towed to the KIA Dealer. They now tell me there is a bolt that has broken and they cannot get it out of the engine. The have broken several tools and spent hours trying to get the bolt out. The power steering belt broke due to the bolt not being set in far enough. The mechanic said it had been changed before and was sticking out causing the belt to break. I have driven it less than 1000 miles in a year and 3 months and all those miles have been back and forth to garages and service centers to get it repaired. I have kept all my bills. I didnt know that so many things could be wrong with a car. I have spent enough money to pay for half a new car and it I were to spend the $5000.00 they say it will cost to replace the entire engine it would be a total of 13000.00 that I would have spent in 1 year and 3 mo. having driven this vehicle less than a 1000 miles in that time frame. There must be something to be done about preying on helpless people. I am so glad to have found this information to give me some consolation about this terrible situation that I am now facing. What can I do? I do not have $5000.00 to put into a car that is 12 years old and on which I have already spent over $8000.00. The only driving I have been able to do with it is just move it from one garage to another. I will call the attorneys for sure. I have all my receipts as well.

  • greg April 26, 2015

    This just happened to my wife’s 2005 Sorrento, and I’m very disappointed with Kia. We both really liked our vehicle. Our Kia dealer say they MAY be able to remove and relpace the crank shaft pulley for $1750. If they cannot get the bolt out, I’ll have to pay for a new ( used) engine foe $6000. This is a part that should not fail…let alone fail as frequently as it apparently is. I have filed a report with the NHTSA, and I suggest everyone else here do the same. Tomorrow I will be contacting the law office regarding this class action suit….then try to cut the best deal I can on another vehicle.

  • don April 27, 2015

    I have a 2007 and the crank shaft pulley also broke, I called KIA Customer Relations 800-333-4542 and they have nothing on recall for this problem, however in reading the class action suit filed 1/15/2013 there have no recalls with this issue as it is posted that many customers got reimbursed so I called CLASS ACTION 310-736-1753 for advise they have not called me back, still waiting!!!

  • Cheryl May 26, 2015

    Tens of thousands of stories on these websites about this problem and only a couple of complaints filed with the NHTSB!!! Please, either file a report online or call them. https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

  • maria loiacono May 28, 2015

    Same thing happened to me! 2004 with 194k miles, buy a new engine? File a claim? Have no idea what I should do, please help!

  • Don Tabor May 29, 2015

    My 2012 Kia Sorento needs an engine also. I am lucky even if I can get 16 miles per gallon. I have 60,000 miles and have maintained it by the book. They will replace it free. With what a rebuilt one that had the same problem, or a brand new engine??? I just don’t trust KiA anymore. I think I’ll run with the new engine to almost to 100,000 then dump it. But I wonder how long the new engine will last. It’s a gamble.

  • Candy June 18, 2015

    I have the same problem. Did you receive any response as to how to be part of this lawsuit?

  • Thomas Basenko June 24, 2015

    I have a 2005 Kia Sorento and I have put in around $3,000 into repairs some by the dealer but most I did. Mostly all sensors: the crankshaft sensor, TPS sensor, oxygen sensor, and some more. The ingention switch went bad and its always idleing rough. The engine always seems to be to hot even though i removed the cover. It just seems like every time I fix something another thing goes wrong

  • Roy July 13, 2015

    I have had all kinds of problems with my 2003 Kia Sorento, How can I join the lawsuit

  • Roy July 13, 2015

    I got a 2003 kis sorento, i need to join the lawsuit, Kia Vehicles sucked!

  • Mariaelina July 31, 2015

    I have the same situation !!! My crankshaft pully broke! Kia cars should be band and never be made again! They suck ! Where can I join the law suit ???

  • Craig August 22, 2015

    We bought a 2004 Kia Sorrento ex brand new. For the first 4-5 years it was a dream. Problems started first with overheating and having to replace the overflow tank it split at the seam. Continued to have over heating problems, till it got so hot it would not run. Got to a mechanic, Kia couldn’t help warranty was out. The mechanic said the oil was burnt and he replaced a valve on firewall and said we may have problems again with overheating. Small problems with lights and door alarms started popping up, but was livable. Overheating started again, replaced overflow tank again but ran hot anyway. Was on the road with no safe place to pull over till the engine started to knock and slow down. Made it to gas station to let it cool and add water. Got it home and wit was hard to start if it would, and blow smoke out very heavy. Checked the oil and found oil and water mixed, tells me head gaskets are blown unknown if cylinders scorched. Vehicle only has about 85,000 miles on it but no warranty due to length of time since bought. Looked up cost to replace at average $1100.00 with no guarantee on the cylinders. We now have a large paper weight in the yard cannot afford to repair it I live off disability for M.S. not much cash. Can we join the law suit as I have read many other similar problems encountered.

  • Cheryl August 24, 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 http://www.safercar.gov or https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml and file a complaint with the NHTSA.
    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.

  • Dead 2006 Kia Owner October 2, 2015

    Where do I sign up for a class action lawsuit.

  • Clemmie Hill October 7, 2015

    i have a 2005 kia sorento i had to replace my motor at 79000 miles due to the crankshaft i did this in 2013 now i am have this same problem in 2015.there should be something i can do about this.

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  • Phil Gendreau October 27, 2015

    You can fix this problem. My wife bought this Sorento new in 2006. At 33,000 miles the roll pin broke on the timing gear drive just like everyones here. She was parking at the school and almost ran into the fence and school when it happened. Fortunately it was still under the warranty at the time and the dealer fixed it. Five years later it happened again at 84000 miles but the dealer said it was not a warranted part, so much for 10 years and 100,000 miles. Quoted me $5,000 for a new engine or $3,000 for a new crankshaft. He showed me a quote he just gave to an older lady for the same thing he had in the shop right then. I grew up as a mechanic and now I am an engineer and I am cheap. I took it apart and with this dual cam system I would not recommend you do this unless you really know how to work on cars. The fix is the timing gear only has a single hollow roll pin that drives the harmonic balancer which drives the belt to all your equipment including power steering. That little hollow roll pin cannot take the loads and stresses its under, its not designed for that. You have to match drill holes thru your harmonic balancer and into the timing gear. You then buy a solid steel pin at the hardware store. This will go into the timing gear and the harmonic balancer just like the factory roll pin does. I bought a new time gear with the new factory roll pin and drilled three new holes for my hardware store three solid pins so now I have a total of four pins driving my harmonic balancer. Works great and has for several thousand miles. I still have the sorento too. Two things though first make sure your crank shaft threads are not stripped out from when yours came apart. Also change out for a new crank shaft gear sensor because its hard to replace and you dont want to take this repair all apart again and its right where your working. Locktite the crankshaft bolt back in place when your done. This is not an easy tear down and not for a rookie mechanic the timing belt is a bear to realign.

  • LaTasha Green October 28, 2015

    I have an 2006 Kia Sorento and the crankshaft bolt broke on it. Called Kia about a possible recall on it they said there is none. They told me to get a new engine. An used engine will cost me 2,000 and some change.

  • Nele November 3, 2015

    My Kia sorrento 2013 almost killed me ..I was driving on the freeway @ 65 mph …all of a sudden it started accelerating on its own (yes on its own) I tried to break but it locked up on me …and power steering went out…so I immediately tried to put the car in park and use the emergency brakes to stop..luckily something told me to try to take the next exit so I can give myself a lil more room to stop ..so I put the car in park and it finally stop and swerved into a ditch…after some tears and dep breaths I started the car again…and it started making this loud sound like something was lose and it clicked loudly …so I left it there and walk to a gas station as called my ride … My ride came to check out the car and help me drive it to my house which was 40 mins away.. I drove w/the hazards all the way home going 35-45 mph ..then once we got to my exist it started doing the same thing …so we finally get it home and eventually taken to kia ..it completely died at the Kia lot smh..the engine wouldn’t even turn on then all of the sensors started going off..Kia still has it they have to break apart the engine to see what happen …I will never purchase another Kia in my life 🚫😖👎🏽

  • Eddie Podgurski November 3, 2015

    Hello, I was curious if there are any pending lawsuits against Kia Sorrento 2012. Mainly because of catastrophic engine failures. Mind just exploded at 120,000 miles. I am done a lot of research and there are numerous complaints with transportation safety Board on this model along with numerous other complaints on different websites for these en mind just exploded at 120,000 miles. I am done a lot of research and there are numerous complaints with transportation safety Board on this model along with numerous other complaints on different websites for these engines seizing up.

  • Justin November 10, 2015

    To answer comments if you want to be added to the class action lawsuit, Call the office of Schumel Klein PC. They will ask you to keep all receipts for repairs etc, they will send you information. Follow their procedure. 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.

  • Michael J. Hoover December 3, 2015

    Driving down the interstate and lost everything. After gliding to a stop on an off ramp, I popped the hood and found the harmonic balancer and timing sprocket laying on the frame by the radiator. Had it taken to a mechanic and he informed me that the bolt holding these on had snapped. After her repaired the broken bolt, he tried to start it and there was no compression. Had another mechanic look at it and he told me that the entire engine needs to be replaced. I cannot afford a new engine, so it sits in my driveway and I am still paying on it! I want in on the class action law suit. How do I become part of this?

  • John torres December 9, 2015

    Sign me up I have had work done to timing several times while my 2004 was under warranty

  • Jack K December 13, 2015

    I have a 2002 Kia Sportage with 99,000 miles. I have over $17,000 in receipts for the repairs that the previous owner had paid for and it still barely runs. The funny part is, nearly every electrical ground in the Sportage tends to short out due to rust or poor craftsmanship (ground wires installed over paint). Kia never denied the fact that the Sportage is heavily plagued with electrical issues, they actually released a service manual for repairs on the ground system that they had engineered. Anyhow, what lead me to this website was the squeaking sound that was coming from the camshaft pulley on the 2.0L engine. There are a lot of complaints but just remember to do your research when buying a cheaply engineered Korean vehicle that you naively signed on the dotted line for.

  • Angie December 16, 2015

    I have a 2005 Kia Sorento LX, and now I am having the same issues, I was driving down the highway and all the sudden it just stopped running so I coasted off the side. Couldn’t steer. So far I have had my fuel line replaced, my starter replaced, and now my crankshaft sensor is bad. So all this at one time. My floater on my fuel tank does not work. (Already had to replace the muffler) I was told that my sway bar is really bad and my gas tank is rusting. HMM… should I just give up on this vehicle or should I go ahead and replace the rest.

  • angel paulet December 23, 2015

    have an 2006 Kia Sorento and the crankshaft sensor no work. Called Kia about a possible recall on it they said there is none. They told me to get a new engine. An used engine . lawsuit?

  • jessica Ruiz January 17, 2016

    i was an owner of a 2004 kia sorento, had to get rid of it because of a problem in the enjine, at first they were trying to blame me for the proble so they didnt had to repair the car for me, i end up with the car in a shop for over a month paying for the rental of another car. I would like to know how to join this lawsuit.

  • Jose Mendez January 26, 2016

    just had the same issue where the crankshaft pulley came off, luckily I was barely starting. When I looked under the car the pulley and bolt were on the ground and I can see the sprocket has the pin broken. I will have to replace the sprocket maybe pulley and bolt. Im hoping nothing else is damaged. Is there an update on what can be done or can do to have Kia do the repair without paying for it.

  • Peggy Robinson February 13, 2016

    I bought a 2005 kia sportage, I’ve put in three alternators since July 2015, water pump new battery around a month ago, it stopped running without any warning, took it back to shop they said.i.have a blown head gasket and i.need an engine my first bill was 1400 dollars can’t afford these prices 81,000.miles on car right now i.bought this car brand new in 2005

  • Denise price February 13, 2016

    I purchased a Kia sorrentror aprox. 6 years ago. Owned it less than a couple of months, if that. Whole vehicle seized. I went into NAP auto sales and was told I was sild a Lemon!!! The manager smiled and walked away as he said this. Crooked companies. I voluntarily repoed it as I was moving and had no way tow around a broken pile of metal. But I am still swimming in debt from it. What can i do? Will somebody PLEASE help me?

  • April Stuns February 16, 2016

    On 1-31-16 my 2011 KIA Sorento 68,000 miles blew a rod while driving down the highway no warning what so ever just a pinging noise and then a big bang, KIA stated it was due to incorrect oil filter and did not keep up on my maintenance which is in correct. Same oil filter has been put in my car since 2011 without any issues; my auto company is taking action; KIA has done nothing. All they did was pull the oil filter and the top of the motor nothing under neath was checked. They refuse to give me the paperwork on their findings stating its KIA policy not to give it out to third party. Funny I own the car Im not a third party. I have been without a car for 3 weeks single parent and just lost my job as well in Dec. with no sign of when I will be getting it back. I have notified KIA Headquarters to 4 different higher ups with no word from them. I would never recommend a KIA to anyone, their lack of customer service and granting the warranty well that will never happen for anyone who owns a KIA. They want to point the fingers at everyone else besides themselves. Im taking action contact BBB and also filed a complaint next I will be contacting the law office. They cant keep doing this to people and need to be held liable for their mistakes.

    • Lisa February 22, 2016

      Sorry to hear…I just got my 2003 Sorento back with a nearly 1000. bill. The crankshaft bolt broke in half….Im very lucky to have it fixed at all, according to the mechanic. Do you know if this lawsuit is still in process? Id like to get in on it…

  • Peter Thompson March 22, 2016

    Ok for everyone with the crankshaft bolt problem. I too had a 2003 Kia Sorento same thing happened. They have a new upgraded bolt that has to be put in. The dealers have a service letter on it. Ours happened twice, I let the dealership do it the first time, I am a disabled Master mechanic so even though I was hurting I did it myself and used the new upgraded bolt. The bolt has to be torqued to the proper specifications also. I apologize at the moment I cant remember which color bolt is the new one but one is silver and the other is gold colored. I believe the gold colored is the new style but you will have to double check me. Also the roll pin some have mentioned will have to be replaced, A new washer will come with the new bolt. Do not for any reason reuse a crank bolt on these engines even if you have the new style and you are doing other work. Its a one use bolt. If you use it again you will have a failure. Yes this is a known defect. On the earlier Sorento there is also a vent tube that leads from the evap box underneath the passenger side.up through the frame a bit. If you drive in deep water for some reason this hose is low enough to allow water to enter the evap system . The update on this is they install a longer hose and reroute it up to the right rear taillight housing to vent. If you are having trouble with gas splashing back out of the fill tube when you are putting gas in the evap box and/or evap solenoid is bad so the gas you are putting in causes vapors as it flows in and has no where to go as the evap vent the fumes from the tank. Replace this and while you are at it go ahead and add in the longer vent hose. You must also be careful about leaning on the radiator when you are checking fluids as there is a small plastic tube that comes out on the passenger side but you cant see it because of the cover. If you lean on it I promise it will break. You can then buy a new radiator or drill out the hole just the size and not much larger as you have very little more meat to use there. I am trying to remember the size of the brass fitting you can buy at home depot or lowes, I am wanting to say its 3/8 but its been a while since Ive done it. Anyway you want a nice tight fit between the brass tube and the hole you drilled. Use JB weld or equivalent epoxy resin smearing it around the tube then lightly tap it in until it isin about half the length of the tube. The use another batch of JB weld around the complete outside where the tube slides in the hole being sure to push some under the tube , its a little tight so you nay have to use a small flat screwdriver or stick to completely seal the outer edge. Let it set and cure for a day not an hour but till the next day. Then install the hose over the new brass insert and put your clamp on. This was a recommend by a long time friend of mine that has had a radiator shop for about 40 years. Never had a problem with that again. If you change the timing belt your self to need to do a couple of things. One is get a set of cam locks to put between the cam gears to keep them from moving when you remove the belt. You also must be aware that the belt tension-er needs to be pinned before you remove the belt , ( look it up ) if you dont pin it you may as well buy a new one install the belt tighten it up as tight as you can then pull the pin ( sort of like a hand grenade pin out of the new tension-er. once you have all the godies tight put the old crank bolt in the end of the crank and use it to rotate the engine to make sure your crank timing mark is lined up to the mark on the plate and the cams on both sides line up at the same time with the timing mark made onto the housing behind the gears. If all three of these are not lined up EXACTLY all at the same time then you have to redo everything you just did to get them right. DO NOT rotate the cams or engine once the belt has been taken off. If you do then you will have to pull your number one plug and make sure you are at Top Dead Center on the compression stroke before you can attempt to line everything up. Get the cam locks do not try to do it without. Its a pain even for a Master Mech. such as myself if one moves. always check your work before starting an engine. I hope my long story was not too bad and a couple of these hints will help you. Once you get all the BS worked out of the Sorentos they actually are not bad vehicles. You just have to be lucky enough to know how to do the work yourself. Good luck people.

  • B. Bowman May 27, 2016

    My wife has a 2013 Kia Sportage bought Febuary of 2014 with roughly 30,000 miles. Today it was brought to my wife’s grandfathers automotive shop by rollback, after it stopped running abruptly. Was just told the engine block has a hole in it, did not ask where, was in such shock I just got off the phone. Is there anything regarding the 2.4 liter engines being bad? There is no reason for this to happen under normal circumstances, I replaced the oil every 5,000 miles with Valvoline synthetic 5w20 oil. Took very good care of the vehicle. Just blows my mind.

  • Lisa Dill June 3, 2016

    I would like to find out more about getting in on this lawsuit. I have a 2005 Kia Serrento and have experienced many of the things described.

  • Anthony S. Fusco June 14, 2016

    2006 Kia Sorento – Manual Transmission – VIN# KNDJD733065568865 – Damper Pulley Bolt constantly backing out ever since roll pin sheered. Replaced sprocket with new roll pin. after almost a year, the same thing just happened.
    This is ridiculous. Kia needs to take responsibility for their failed design.

  • Natalie June 18, 2016

    I have a 2004 Kia Sorento 108,788 miles on it.. just Purchased the car 2/12/2016 cash and 3-18-2016 the car caught fire had an iol change done and had the car looked at and nothing was wrong with it called kia and they said nothing can be done

  • Migue June 19, 2016

    No compren kia. Para eso existe honda, Toyota y nissan.

  • Carolina June 29, 2016

    How can I get in this lawsuit??? I’m having exactly the same problems with my 2006 Sorento. Huge disappointment

  • Linda July 1, 2016

    Just talked to the attorney handling Class Action Suit. Looking like a tentative decision made. Used vehicles are only covered if purchased with 60,000 or less miles. Unfortunately when I purchased mine it had 65,000 miles, so I am screwed. NOT fair. Kia really needs to do better. My Sorento broke down again, for the third time if less than 10 months. Same camshaft pulley bolt issue. Now Im stuck with a vehicle that is worthless. I still owe $4500 on it and cant sell it to anyone in good conscious, already spent $4000 to fix it 3 times! I could have purchased a new reliable vehicle for what I paid and the repairs! How does the automotive industry get away with manufacturing crap ass vehicles, charging way too much for them and not take responsibility for the cost consumers have to pay for repair?

  • don williams September 16, 2016

    tell me more about the class action suit, i just bought a 2008 kia sorento.

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