Lights shutting off in auto mode

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We have a 2018 Sorento and the wife has reported that while the lights are set in the “auto” mode that while driving ( during night driving) the lights will shut off. The Kia dealer hasn’t been able to replicate the issue so they can’t repair/replace anything. Has anyone else had this same issue?
 

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We have a 2018 Sorento and the wife has reported that while the lights are set in the “auto” mode that while driving ( during night driving) the lights will shut off. The Kia dealer hasn’t been able to replicate the issue so they can’t repair/replace anything. Has anyone else had this same issue?
That sounds pretty dangerous. Could this be happening when she moves into a well-lit parking lot? Or when driving down a dark road?
 

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My 2018 has started having this same issue. It’s terrifying on the highway at night. Does it only happen for others in Auto mode?
 

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Don't use auto mode. Since the Sorento turns off the lights shortly after the ignition, just leave them on, they double as daytime driving lights.
 

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We have a 2018 Sorento and the wife has reported that while the lights are set in the “auto” mode that while driving ( during night driving) the lights will shut off. The Kia dealer hasn’t been able to replicate the issue so they can’t repair/replace anything. Has anyone else had this same issue?
make a video it with your phone when it gets dark so they can see it. If they can’t replicate it and you have a video that is enough proof. are your headlights the auto lights as well for if they are it’s sounds like a relay to activate them from day to night has burned out maybe.
 

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Reading into this it seems to be a switch that fails in this generation and cost around 500 bucks to get fixed. One guy said his Kia service wouldn’t fix it but if I was him I would just call Kia h.o. it’s seeing a ton of people with the same problem. I know my 2011 kia Sorento I had daytime bulb and then headlight separate. Don’t know if the 2018 is the same. Now led strip light seems to be the new daytime lights with 2 to 4 led bulbs as headlights for night.
 
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My 2017 Sorento does the same thing. It appears that the problem is in the knob at the end of the light control arm. I jiggle it and the light’s usually come back on. Sometimes I turn them off and then back on again. I drive unlighted rural roads and this can be dangerous. Will this problem call for a Kia recall?
 
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