Kia Motors, a leading car manufacturer, has been facing a growing number of complaints about engine problems in its 2022 Seltos model. Car owners have reported experiencing issues with the engine shutting off unexpectedly, failing to restart, and losing motive power while driving, among other issues. In this article, we will take a closer look at these problems and their potential impact on Kia’s brand reputation and sales.
One of the most serious problems reported by consumers is the unexpected stalling of the engine while driving. This has led to several incidents of drivers losing control of their vehicle, which can result in serious accidents. A consumer from Manorville, NY, reported that their 2022 Kia Seltos lost motive power and stalled without warning while driving at various speeds. The vehicle would enter into limp mode upon restart, with the vehicle failing to accelerate above 40 MPH even with the accelerator pedal depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not yet diagnosed. The contact made multiple attempts to reach the manufacturer, but each attempt was unsuccessful. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 2,000.
Another issue reported by several Kia Seltos owners is the engine shutting down at traffic lights or stop signs. This is a fuel-saving feature that is designed to help the vehicle save gas while idling. However, in some cases, the engine does not start back up when the driver takes their foot off the brake pedal. This has led to several incidents of drivers being stranded during short stops, which can be quite frustrating and potentially dangerous. In some situations, the entire car will simply shut down and stay that way due to an electrical issue. According to Motor and Wheels, this feature is a great one that can save the driver thousands of dollars a year at the gas pump. However, if it doesn’t work correctly, it can lead to engine problems.
Several other complaints have been reported, such as overheating of the transmission, leading to the engine losing power. A consumer from Monroeville, PA, reported that their 2022 Kia Seltos manifested a transmission temperature overheating problem in the middle of traffic. Once the transmission overheated, the engine lost power. The police came over and made the driver start driving their car again, indicating that they could not pull over in such busy traffic. This is a major risk to the driver’s safety and can potentially cause a car accident. The manufacturer told the driver to have the dealership evaluate the car. The dealership evaluated the car and said, “This is a known defect and, per Kia’s engineers, there is nothing they could do to fix the car.”
In conclusion, Kia Motors is facing a growing number of complaints about engine problems in its 2022 Seltos model. The unexpected stalling of the engine while driving, engine shutting down at traffic lights or stop signs, and overheating of the transmission, leading to the engine losing power, are among the most serious problems reported by consumers.
If you are experiencing problems with your 2022 KIA Seltos and have taken your vehicle to a KIA dealership for repair multiple times without success, you may be entitled to legal recourse under the lemon law.
- “Complaints for 2022 KIA SELTOS”, NHTSA, https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2022/KIA/SELTOS/SUV/AWD#complaints
- “2022 Kia Seltos Consumer Reviews”, Edmunds, https://www.edmunds.com/kia/seltos/2022/consumer-reviews/
- “Kia Seltos Problems: 3 Common Issues (Explained)”, Motor and Wheels, https://motorandwheels.com/kia-seltos-problems/
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