Florida woman says parked Kia Sorento spontaneously burst into flames

A Florida woman is warning others after she says her 2008 Kia Sorento caught fire after being parked on her driveway ...

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 9:50 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 9:50 AM

A Florida woman is warning others after she says her 2008 Kia Sorento caught fire after being parked on her driveway for more than an hour.

Hailee Johnson, of Brandon, tells us the car burst into flames two weeks ago after she returned home from work.

She got a knock on the door from first responders as they were working to put the flames out.

Johnson said the department told her that the fire started in the dashboard area and classified it as an electrical engine fire.

"It's been overwhelming," she said.

Johnson said she bought the Kia five months ago - she had insurance on the vehicle, but it won't be enough to cover what she still owes on the car.

"The entire front of my car had melted down onto the parking post," she said.

The Center for Auto Safety tracks auto recalls, including Kia and they found Johnson's model was not on the recall list.

However, a lot of other models are.

In a list provided to ABC Action News, The Center for Auto Safety found the following:

2010 -- 35,000 Sorento and Soul models were recalled for fire-prone electrical wiring

2015 -- 86,000 2014 Forte sedans were recalled due to engine fires

2016 -- 72,000 of the '08 and '09 Sportage models for engine fires

Johnson said she filed a complaint with Kia, but it's not going anywhere.

"What really took me over the edge with Kia, was he went on to say it was a user error, there was no way it was a manufacturer problem," she said.

Johnson ended up posting the picture of the burned car to social media where dozens of people shared her experience.

Since then, Kia has responded to her post asking her to send them an email.

ABC Action News reached out to Kia but has not heard back.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 115763

Reported Deaths: 3263
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7973177
DeSoto703979
Harrison522384
Jackson457884
Rankin394086
Madison383194
Lee357380
Forrest304678
Jones292484
Washington258399
Lafayette250443
Lauderdale2478135
Lamar225538
Oktibbeha202454
Bolivar201677
Neshoba1849111
Lowndes179962
Panola170040
Leflore167187
Sunflower162349
Warren154855
Monroe150673
Pontotoc147220
Marshall143129
Lincoln140157
Pike138456
Copiah137536
Scott125429
Coahoma124937
Grenada122638
Yazoo122234
Simpson121549
Union118825
Tate116839
Leake115041
Holmes114760
Itawamba113925
Pearl River113660
Adams108544
Prentiss106120
Wayne101722
Alcorn100112
George99218
Covington97527
Marion95042
Tippah90322
Newton86627
Chickasaw85526
Tallahatchie84526
Winston84121
Hancock84028
Tishomingo81241
Attala79426
Clarke75851
Clay69321
Jasper68717
Walthall63927
Calhoun62612
Noxubee59817
Smith59416
Montgomery54923
Yalobusha54514
Claiborne53716
Tunica53517
Lawrence51814
Perry49423
Carroll49312
Greene47818
Stone47514
Humphreys43816
Amite42513
Quitman4206
Jefferson Davis41011
Webster37613
Benton3416
Wilkinson33820
Kemper32615
Sharkey28514
Jefferson27610
Franklin2423
Choctaw2086
Issaquena1074
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 158701

Reported Deaths: 2680
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson23292377
Mobile16916315
Tuscaloosa10345140
Montgomery10250197
Madison935096
Shelby739063
Baldwin665869
Lee654665
Calhoun459961
Marshall439550
Etowah428551
Houston417034
Morgan416435
DeKalb342629
Elmore320853
St. Clair295542
Limestone287230
Walker279492
Talladega266435
Cullman248024
Lauderdale229442
Jackson215915
Autauga205931
Franklin205531
Colbert202132
Russell19493
Blount193225
Chilton188432
Dallas186627
Coffee177111
Dale176351
Covington174729
Escambia172730
Clarke135217
Chambers135044
Pike134113
Tallapoosa132987
Marion108129
Barbour10339
Marengo101922
Butler101140
Winston92913
Geneva9067
Lawrence85832
Pickens85218
Bibb84014
Randolph82716
Hale76830
Washington74912
Clay74412
Cherokee73814
Henry7176
Lowndes71328
Bullock64917
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60830
Perry5926
Fayette57713
Cleburne5698
Wilcox56812
Conecuh56113
Macon53620
Lamar4965
Sumter47221
Choctaw39212
Greene34216
Coosa2043
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
Columbus
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 61°
Oxford
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 55°
Starkville
Broken Clouds
59° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 59°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather