Consumer Complaints and Reviews
Friday brought my 2016 Kia Sportage with 19k on the clock into service department. Low pressure light was illuminating and yes a nail was in the right rear tire center. Come Monday light illuminated again and yes nail was in the left front exterior wall so it could not take a patch. The Kia is AWD so one tire replacement was not going to be an option. Needed all four tires replaced. So I have a near new vehicle with tires that are supposed to last 60k and find myself replacing them at 19k to the cost of just under $1000.00. I strongly recommend not purchasing Kumho tires. If you have the option to upgrade to a better tire at time of purchase do so. I was not offered this option through the Kia dealership at time of purchase. I have not replaced my tires with Kumho tires as I feel they are very cheaply made and feel Kia should be providing a more durable, reliable and safer tire.
I put a set of 4 new Kumho 245/70/16 kl 61 tyres on my Dmax when the tyres had done only 4000 ks only on bitumen. I was traveling from Bourke to Cobar on Kidman. Way about 20 ks out of Bourke the rear left hand side tyre on the inside split 2/3rds around the tyre on the side wall. Kumho just said something must come off the road and hit the tyre, I told them I was 100% sure the bitumen was clean and nothing hit the tyre. They weren't interested. I believe it was caused by separation and most other people who have seen it have said the same. The cost to me was $186 for the Kumho, $255 to replace it with a Bridgestone and a secondhand tyre to get me out of trouble. If any more of the Kumho fell apart KUMHO won't accept any liability so I will never deal with them again.
These tires come standard on the Hyundai Sonata and quite frankly that's the only thing wrong with the car. Hyundai has come a long way with the quality of their vehicles and we love the Sonata, but they have to do a better job outfitting their vehicles with tires. These are total crap and are basically 30,000 mile tires. We have just over 30,000 right now and the tires are spent. I rotated these tires every other oil change (roughly every 7,000 miles) and they wore evenly, but they're WORN OUT!! Gave an OK ride when new they were quiet and comfortable but that changed quickly. They aren't worth the money get something else.
I recently leased a car at McCafferty Auto Group in PA. After 2 months, on my way to work, I had a blowout. Lo and behold, no spare kit in car. No longer option now. You just get repair kit with Fix a Flat. Would have been nice if someone told us that. Well that doesn't fix a blowout. Had Kumho tires on the car, after being TOWED, yes TOWED for a flat tire, to the nearest Kia dealer, I had to pay for the new tire and was told to call Kumho to request a refund. Tires were 2 months old, not even 4000 miles on the car, I was told I only need pictures of the tire not actual tire. Kumho is not processing claim because I did not keep the physical tire (dealership advised not necessary). In any event, the representative from Kumho was curt and not very accommodating. I've thrown away better tires than this... absolute shame.
The tread on my Kumho tire separated while I was on the freeway going to work. The tires aren't very old. I definitely wasn't close to hitting the 33,000 miles of life on the tire. Not only did I have to replace the tire but it did considerable damage to my car. DON'T buy Kumho tires. Something is seriously wrong with them.
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I have a 2015 Dodge Dart SXT. I got the car brand new and out of the blue it car started shaking a bit a few months ago. So I went to the car wash Friday March 24, 2017 and the man that was drying off my car told me that I had a bubble in my tire on the driver's side front tire. I didn't think much of it until this morning after I dropped my boyfriend off at work. I was on my way to work and tons of cars were pulling up next to me saying that my tire was really huge. I made it back to my house instead of trying to make it to work. I got in the house and heard a loud bang. I went outside and looked. The tire had exploded and left a huge hole in the tire. I just got the tire fixed and I had the shop to put the exploded tire in the trunk of my car. I had never, ever seen a tire just inflate on its own then have it exploded. Very, very terrifying experience.
I had a pair of Kumho tyres fitted to my Mondeo not too long ago. One tyre I managed to get a small slow puncture due to a screw embedded. So took to garage for puncture repair and the mechanic said, "Are you getting any vibration?" I said, "Funny you should say that I am getting like a wheel bearing noise from the rear of the car, and thought I might have my wheel bearings changed." He said, "Don't bother. It is the tyres having cupping i.e. uneven tread every other segment!" The tread over the whole tyre was almost new. I have two rear tyres like this. Very annoyed. Rubbish tyres and not particularly cheap either. Will never purchase these tyres again.
Dont make it to half of 60k miles. Original set bald at 34k on 2015 Chrysler 200. New pair on in Nov 16, 2nd set in Dec 16. Nov set has so little tread. Discount Tire said in a month they wouldn't patch them. I have 40900. So 7k miles and they are at 4/32 and I blew money on an alignment that had zero correction. $534 a set isn't expensive but is money thrown away. Do not buy them. Get Pirelli or Michelin.
Tire tread wear index balance between wear and performance; the level of r&d is worth complimenting. I've run various brands over the years and then I found Kumho. I own 9 vehicles Of various makes and models through various climates and am most impressed especially with their performance tires w/ silicone blend... just awesome. Best grip and wear I've ever found and I grew up around racing. I've had them stick enough to have saved my life from being t-boned by a big rig when I know from exp. other brands would not have. Bang for the buck... very fair and I also appreciate that fairness.
For starters, I have a new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid with just 5,500 miles. The mechanic servicing my vehicle rolled out the tire and privately said, "Man! This tire has more ** than a dog." While crude, I definitely understood his point. He pointed out the 4-5 bubbles lining the inside of the tire. It's important to note the bubbles were spread across the entire inside sidewall, and not in an isolated spot... Since this a new car, I plan to purchase 4 new tires once I can drain the mileage out of these worthless tires.
I had these on my Santa Fe. They were factory tires for the Santa Fe. At 55000 kms (35000 miles) my vehicle started shaking/wobbling. I had just had a wheel alignment check which was good and a tire rotation. All smooth driving. After replacing the tires you can see wires coming out in one particular spot on each of the tires. All around the radius is mostly fine except one spot on each one. In that spot it is worn with wires coming out. Bad craftsmanship. Scary driving my 3 kids with tires like these. I will never buy a car I really like if it has Kumho tires on it.
I have a 2016 lease that I have not even had for a year yet. When I got it, had 8 miles on the truck. In October my tire light went on. I added air and the light. Wouldn't go out. Brought it to Sullivan tire, they said it had a nail in it and I had to replace it, so I did for the first time ever in my life replaced a brand new tire, with a brand new one. Well now it's Jan, and oh again my tire light came on and came out of work with a flat tire, now the front passenger, as I just replaced the back passenger tire. Guess what! Oh another tire replacement in 4 months. Um I drive to work and back. I first thought maybe Sullivan tire was running a scam on me until I start looking into the tires, which I see are through the roof of problems like this.
My truck is new and to replace two tires is friggin absolutely crazy! And I wondered why KIA was pushing me to buy the warranty to replace the tires, that I didn't purchase because I have never in my life ever had to replace a tire on any vehicle I owned that's new! Never even had a tire problem before this, and now 2 replacements in 4 months! Clearly KIA knows all about this problem and still sells vehicles with these unreliable crappy tires!
First of all, I'd like to start out by saying that I will NEVER even think of buying Kumho Solus tires again! I've been through two sets in barely 3 years. I was told they were rated for at least 60,000 miles but I've only been able to get half of that with both sets. They slip/slide all over the road when it rains at only 30,000 miles. Very, very disappointed with this brand of tire and again, I will never even think of buying a Kumho Solus tire again!
Poor driving performance after 36,000 miles on Kumho OEM tires on Ford's new flagship 2015 F-150 Platinum truck. We have had numerous issues with traction in wet weather as well as varied terrain since acquiring this vehicle. We took it to the dealer and our local tire dealer with whom we have had 15 year relationship. We were advised that the Kumho tires were new to the US market, though Ford worked with Kumho to tune the tire for this truck. If that's the case, there were multiple errors made in the design process. We find the tires to be very unstable in wet driving conditions as well as having poor traction on unpaved roads, e.g., chip and seal, under any conditions.
We have tried adjusting the amount of air in the tires, including using nitrogen instead of air and nothing has improved performance. We are going to replace these tires due to safety-related concerns. It is unacceptable that Kumho won't stand behind their warranty. Furthermore, what was Ford thinking? After spending hundreds of millions on R&D for the all new aluminum body truck, they put unsafe and defective tires on their vehicle from a manufacturer with at best a 'checkered past.' In this price range, it is absolutely unacceptable that after 36,000 miles we are having to replace the tires on this truck. This will in all likelihood be our last Ford truck after 30 years. Too many gremlins and cut-corners it seems.
Bought x4 new tires in August of 2016 from my local tire shop. A few days ago I walked outside to a flat tire. I sprayed my tire with soapy water and couldn't find a leak. Sprayed it on the side wall and found a leak coming out of one of the creases. I took the tire to get it replaced and they did not honor the defect. Neither did the Kumho dealer they purchased it from, and neither did Kumho tire. I basically bought x4 new tires and one only last x2 months and that's it. Contact Kumho Warranty Dept. and although she was kind and sweet she still did not warranty my faulty tire they produced. I'm out of pocket the cost of a tire and would never buy another item with their name on it. Lucky for them they get 1 star because 0 stars is not available on here. Happy Consumer.
I lease a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country. I have very little miles and my tires became unevenly worn and some minor dry rot. I had to replace two tires when I was unemployed on a car that was newer with low miles. I talked to the company and did exactly what they told me to do to hopefully process the warranty and they kept changing the story. Besides the fact that it is almost impossible to get through to the tire company I put in multiple phone calls and basically got nowhere.
Finally they told me to go to a distributor which would be Sears tire and Auto so they could start the process of the warranty. I did that and Sears called into Kumho and gave them the runaround. I just called again today and they have no documentation that Sears even call them even though I was standing right there next to the manager. Not knowing that this would be a horrible ongoing process I no longer have the tires. I should not have had to put out money for 2 tires on a newer car with low miles and being unemployed. God forbid I was in a car accident because of those tires and I have 3 children.
All I want is a reimbursement of $177 I had to put out for the tires. Their customer service is awful. There are hundreds of complaints online about the same exact issue I was having. I even contacted Chrysler and complained. I even told Chrysler that if these are the cheap tires that they put on their products I will no longer go with Chrysler. I'm not asking for a lot. I am just asking for reimbursement of these tires. It could have been a lot worse had I been in an accident with my children. I did what they asked me to do. They should do what they said they would do. In all honesty this company should not even be in business.
My first experience with Kumho tires involved my Mazda Miata M Series. As replacements were four new Kumho tires. Immediately I noticed that the car was like riding on rocks. One could feel every imperfection on the road surface. My original Yokohama tires did not last long. However the Kumho set even wore out quicker! My new Suzuki Reno Luxury Edition 2007 year model came with Kumho Ecsta tires. Before 19000 miles, two of the tires developed large bubbles on the sidewalls, another blew out, and the remaining tire was worn out to the the point of necessitating a replacement.
I was told that one suffered a road hazard, two that had bubbles were caused by hitting curbs, and the worn out tire was caused by failure to have rotation and alignment as required by mandated recommendations. Kumho was of no help in negotiating a monetary adjustment. In contrast, I have had great performance and mileage from my replacement Doral and Sailun tires.
3000 miles after I bought my 2008 M6 the front tires (Kumho) almost got me killed. Had to replace both front tires (see pics). Right after the purchase the car was thoroughly inspected, all fluids replaced, lube oil samples taken & analyzed (just to illustrate how I take care of my "baby"). The 4-wheel alignment I had done after installing the new tires did not show anything justifying such damage as seen on the picture. Spend the extra buck and buy decent tires. It's worth it!
My husband & I purchased a new 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring. The van had Kumho tires on it. I have the oil changed regularly & tires rotated routinely. In July of this year, mileage was 46,000. A neighbor was over & happened to notice a large bald spot with steel belts showing on right front tire. I WAS SHOCKED. Had to buy 4 new tires, $600. This particular Kumho tire stated you should get 80,000 miles with it!!! I tried to sell 3 of them & all callers said, "No thanks, they're JUNK" when I told them what brand. Very unhappy with this tire that came on my brand new $31,000 mini van!!! :-( Do not buy Kumho tires.
Kumho Solus tires came on my 2013 Hyundai Sonata lease. After only a few thousand miles the road noise through the tires became very loud. It's became so bad that I have to keep my radio at 50% or better just to understand what is being said. In August 2015 at around 22,000 miles the service manager recommended to buy at least 2 new tires before winter. Thought I could get better wear than that. Went through a rough winter where even the traction control didn't help much. Should state am 75 years old and not a leadfoot. Have only had 2 moving violations since 1957. My lease is up in August and the tires are under the minimum tread depth with cracks and checks in sidewalls and they are going to expect me to pay for them. Am filing complaint with BBB and State Att. Gen's office.
I purchased 4 Kumho Solus tires two years ago (Discount tire). I was given a free 5th tire no charge for a spare, which I appreciated. 4 tires were made in China, one was made in Vietnam. Yes really! The tires aren't round. They are on a vehicle driven only sporadically - a Suzuki Sidekick. Severe wheel bounce/vibration at speed. Discount tried 3 times to balance them. The best (larger) independent local tire store then declared they couldn't be balanced because of out-of-round construction. Total crap tires! Thank goodness they aren't on my wife's car.
In February 2016 I bought 4 brand new Kumhos that the salesman at Tire Masters in Palm Bay told me had a 60,000 mile warranty on them. Three weeks ago, we started feeling the passenger front tire jump, and a few days later this tire blew. The pictures show that there was clearly tread separation, but the dealer told me (after waiting almost 2 weeks for an answer from the Kumho rep) that they are stating it was not a tire defect and they would not replace it.
As a consumer of a brand new 2014 Dodge Durango Limited I thought there should be no worries about manufacturers being responsible for their products. WRONG!!! At 16,000 miles my tires Kumho KL21 are almost completely bald. I was notified at my last service that they recommend new tires. WHAT?!! By the way I followed all OEM service recommendations. When I went to Kumho website they have printed that this particular tires is rated for 60,000 miles, except on OEM. So I guess spending nearly $45k on the vehicle is not enough. Why exactly will they not warranty the tires from a new vehicle?? I work in the automotive industry and OEM parts & service parts are all the same manufacturing processes. Completely disgusted at such poor quality and terrible customer service. Be warned. Before you purchase a new vehicle make sure it's not Kuhmo tires.
We own a very expensive custom order SUV. It is a 05, yet only shows 100k miles today. Tire size required is LT265/75R16 Load Range E 10 ply rated. These are NOT cheap tires in this size. Our OEM set lasted 80k miles. Our vehicle is "Showroom New", in fact the OEM spare had NEVER been out of the vehicle or installed and was brand new. This is how well I take care of my tires and avoid problems.
KUMHO tried to get us killed, no other way to put it. We took a trip across 4 or 5 states and were to finish the trip with a drive deep into Mexico. The total miles we would put on about 5k. In Texas we noticed a vibration we had for about 1,000 miles suddenly got much worse. Stopping at a small town tire store, I was sure I had thrown a wheel weight. I requested a re-spin of all the tires as well as a rotation. I was told it would be 3 hours as they were very busy. KUMHO cost us 3 hours here for nothing. We decide to walk around this small town for 3 hours, returned to find nothing done to our vehicle. They told us due to liability, they would not touch it, as our left rear tire had a 1/2 Melon size bulge in the face of the tread, ply separation they stated, adding this is the cause of the vibration, no kidding!
I said, "Fine order us a new matching Kumho," they said, "No problem" then returned to say the tire was no longer manufactured, and its KUMHO replacement was not even close. I WILL NOT run mismatched tread, make or brand tires. I told them these tires are brand new (20k miles) and they agreed. I said I wanted KUMHO to replace them all, they laughed and said, "Good luck with that." They said my only choice now was to buy a new set from them if they all had to match, load range E 10 ply tires are IMPOSSIBLE to find more than ONE style in stock, IF at all. They only had large "Knob" off road tread one choice in stock, they would not order another style other than the KUMHO, which they said we could get 15% back on.
Against their advice we left with the bulged tire still in place, worn bald at the bulge. We drove to a Wal-Mart Tire Center, only to find they had one choice, as well an off road tread design, then drove 100 miles to a COSTCO, costing us a whole day, only to find they had NOTHING in my size load range E 10 ply in stock. They would NOT install my new spare, which once more had NEVER been out of the vehicle and you could eat off it. We were forced to drive and find another tire shop, wait while they installed my spare. I had the left front placed on the left rear so the drive axle tires were same diameter, so as not to work the differential.
The ply separated KUMHO was placed in the vehicle for a spare. Based on my stellar tire record, it was decided to wait instead of being forced into buying tires I really did not want, wait till we got home, get on the net, find the best, and then go order or buy a new set. BOY OH BOY, what a mistake. About to cross the border into Mexico we noticed the "SIDE TO SIDE" vibration, that became apparent AFTER we replaced the bulged tire got much worse. Driving into Mexico on the toll road, in 101 degree heat, there was a bang, then "WOP-WOP-WOP" as there is no shoulder, and the government is afraid you might get a free ride, there are NO exits from the tollway, NO shoulder, NO PULLOFF, you see people all the time changing a tire in the traffic lane, that's right the traffic lane, know how many are killed every year? HUNDREDS!
We were forced to drive the vehicle 15 or 20 miles at 15 mph, in 101-degree heat, nearly being rear ended every 50 feet of travel, by Mexicans who could care less, much less watch the road. We were in the middle of NOWHERE! We then spotted an illegal road cut through the fence into a farmers field, we pulled in and I got out to inspect the tire, a 3-inch wide strip of tread was gone, 1/3 the way around the tire, but it still held air. Pulling on the edge of the remaining tread, it flipped back like a blanket, 100% ply separation ALL THE WAY AROUND THE REMAINING CASING!!! I rejected putting on the other bulged KUMHO spare, because we were carrying $10,000 in new goods to friends, who live there, they had shipped to a friend's in Texas and we picked up for them.
The vehicle was so packed full and tight, HONESTLY you could have gotten a road map in there. Deciding it would be suicide to unload and display all the new goods in the middle of a farmers field in full view of the road, saying kill us and rob us, we decided to drive the near 100 miles to the closest town, at 15 miles per hour!!! In 101 degree heat. Arriving we found out what I already knew, the MEXICANS had never heard of nor even seen a load range E, 10 ply rated tire, they called BS, and said they had plenty in my size, which was true, BUT standard load.
I decided to have my new set of Continental Extreme Winter Contact Tires shipped down, called my son and had them put on the bus. Wanna know what, it is illegal to bring tires into Mexico because they charge 3 times the USA price for 1/2 the quality. Bribes, it took bribes to get them and 3 days in a motel, with no English language TV.
After having the "Continentals" installed, the "Cadillac" of tires ALL our problems went away. The fact I was forced to hold the steering wheel 1/3 turn to the right to go straight, and if I let go of the wheel, it dove to the left with violent force, NOW GONE, wheel straight, tracks like a laser beam! The coins in our ashtray vibrating and jumping like popcorn in a popper gone, the road noise which was unbearable gone, the ride, like a dream. Like I say, we did not know we had issues till we installed "REAL" well-made tires.
I now know and believe the KUMHO's were ALL bad, ALL ply separated for some time, if not years. Remember these tires only had 20k miles, and a tire like that, is hard to tell from new, remember as well our OEM tires (B.F. Goodrich, that came with the new vehicle) lasted 80K miles, and the matching spare which came with the vehicle now 11 years old, performed FINE and did not fail! So these Kumhos cost us about $200 each, were about 5 years old, and had about 15k miles on them when we noticed problems, and failure at about 18 to 20k miles. Once more REMEMBER we got a FULL 80k out of the OEM B.F. Goodrich tires, AND they were FAR from being bald. So if you have the money to replace your Kumho's every 15 thousand miles, maybe it's your tire brand for sure?
KUMHO tires are junk, death traps, and from reading these posts, I am not alone in all the problems. Our tires were KUMHO ROAD VENTURE SAT, Light Truck 16 inch. My advice is if you have these tires on your vehicle, GET RID OF THEM REGARDLESS OF MILES OR AGE! KUMHO refuses to help or reimburse us, nor warranty the tires. Our out of pocket expenses for buying this Kumho junk were about 2k (time lost and out of pocket). If you are considering Kumho Tires, don't do it! If you have them, unless your life means nothing, get rid of them. JUNK pure and simple, poorly made, ply separation on all their tires, failures. How they keep selling tires, how people keep buying them, is beyond me.
We bought a 2014 Dodge Durango in September of that year. We were traveling on May 1st this year to our NC home from Florida. Our vehicle started vibrating and we pulled off at the next exit. The tire service center we went into told us we had a bulging faulty tire. When he checked the others they were going the same. This vehicle was at 20826 miles. We are both in our 70's so no racers or abuse here. We had to get a new set of tires which cost us $1479.81. I wrote to Dodge and sent them photos that we took also a copy of the invoice.
I got a phone call from Dodge on Tuesday to say that they were not covered under their warranty and to get in touch with Kumho. I got the feeling from the guy that I spoke to that they were aware of this. I asked for his name for a reference but he would only give me his first name which I found very strange. Today I thought I would check the internet to see if anyone else had a problem. What a surprise to see so many complaints. I am wondering how many more people out there have had a problem and been put in danger. I shall be writing to Kumho and sending them the invoice to see if they will reimburse me. If they know of the danger with these tires then they should have been recalled. I would be interested to know if Dodge are still using the same tires.
I purchased 4 Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires October 2015, and right off the bat had a vibration problem at highway speed. Working with Tire Rack (where I bought the tires), 2 were replaced due to being out of round - one at my expense). After 4 balance attempts, 2 being road forced balanced - totaling over $250.00, I still have vibration problems at 12k miles! I have also replaced my struts/shocks, done an alignment and played with various tire pressures - nothing has helped. I've made 2 attempts to contact Kumho but have been ignored.
As the tires wear the vibration is getting worse. A local tire shop recommends I replace the tires immediately, as this symptom signifies a manufacturing defective in the tire cord. He said I am at risk of a blowout as the tires continue to wear. I have since ordered new tires (different brand) and driving my other car until they get installed next week. I am writing this review to warn those of this dangerous condition. If you have Kumho tires on your vehicle and have a vibration problem, get them replaced!
When I needed tires for my Mazda, I went to the dealership and they put on these Kumho tires. They lasted exactly one day. I hit a curb mildly at 5mph and two tires blew out completely. I have hit many curbs in my lifetime and have never had such a bad result. I am now afraid for the two remaining tires that I have. I got two replacement from Firestone, because I did not want to get these Kumho again. Now I am worried for the two remaining Kumho tires that I have. I will write to their customer support but I am not expecting anything positive from this after reading all the complaints here about them.
Brought 2016 car in December 4, 2015. Very happy with car until I went out of town 2nd week in March. Had a blowout coming from Lake Charles, La 400 miles. Only 3.000 miles on car. I thought I hit something in the road. Evidently by reading the reviews on the tire I have on my car turn out I really need to get them check. Sounds like I have a bad set of tires. Need to get them change asap!!! Sounds like these tires blowout even if you hit a pot hole in the road which I did. Need to investigate further. Don't want to have another blowout. Hope I can get some help without spending money.
These tires are on my brand new car. I have 18000 miles and they are wearing up even. And cracking. They blame me, Kumho does. They did tell me on phone they now they made a tire. That's underrated. They are going to hurt someone. No one ever buy Kumho. I will be posting my problems everywhere.
It amazes me that the government has not banned this tire company from doing business. I often wonder who they bought off in the congress to sell these dangerous tires in the USA. The only positive part was the dealer who exchanged these death trap tires for Goodyear Wranglers for my Mountaineer. These tires do NOT measure up to the advertised life, are prone to rapid wear and blowouts are common. Remember the old saying, "Your life is riding on your tires"? There are much better tires out there than this brand. I would hope the government recalls these death trap tires.
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