Woman Maintains Control When Her Car Apparently Malfunctions

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The driver of a 2011 Kia Sorento, who said her accelerator got stuck as she drove along I-35, forcing her to go more than 100 mph, tearfully describes the terrorizing drive that was out of her control.

Laurie Ulvestad, 47, left Kansas City and was driving north on I-35 to Iowa last Sunday afternoon when, just north of Bethany, Missouri, she says the car began surging forward and wouldn’t respond when she pushed on the brake.

“My foot isn’t even on the accelerator. The emergency brake is on all the way,” Ulvestad said. “I’m trying to move the brake and it’s not working.”

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Kia Motors America Media Statement Regarding Acceleration Incident:

Kia Motors America (KMA) places a priority on vehicle safety and takes reported customer concerns seriously. Upon learning of this incident from the customer, KMA requested an initial inspection and test drive of the vehicle by authorized Kia service technicians and alternate transportation has been provided to the customer.

Our technicians have been unable to duplicate the issue and this appears to be an isolated incident. KMA will continue to investigate and analyze the facts of this situation and will work with the customer to resolve the matter in a timely manner. As always, any Kia customers with questions regarding their Kia vehicle should contact KMA’s Consumer Assistance Center directly at 1-800-333-4542 (4Kia).

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