Kia Forte: Reverse parking distance warning / Non-operational conditions of reverse parking distance warning

Kia Forte 2019-2023 (BD) Owners Manual / Features of your vehicle / Reverse parking distance warning / Non-operational conditions of reverse parking distance warning

The reverse parking distance warning may not operate properly when:

1. Moisture is frozen to the sensor. (It will operate normally once the moisture clears.)

2. The sensor is covered with foreign matter, such as snow or water, or the sensor cover is blocked. (It will operate normally when the material is removed or the sensor is no longer blocked.)

3. Driving on uneven road surfaces (unpaved roads, gravel, bumps, gradients, etc.).

4. Objects generating excessive noise (vehicle horns, loud motorcycle engines, or truck air brakes) are within range of the sensor.

5. Rain or water spray exists.

6. Wireless transmitters or mobile phones are within range of the sensor.

7. The sensor is covered with snow.

8. Trailer towing

The detecting range may decrease when:

1. The sensor is covered with foreign matter such as snow or water. (The sensing range will return to normal when removed.)

2. Outside air temperature is extremely hot or cold.

The following objects may not be recognized by the sensor:

1. Sharp or slim objects such as ropes, chains or small poles.

2. Objects which tend to absorb the sensor frequency such as clothes, sound absorbent material or snow.

3. Undetectable objects smaller than 1 m (40 in.) in height and narrower than 14 cm (6 in.) in diameter.

reverse parking distance warning precautions


This system can only sense objects within the range and location of the sensors. It cannot detect objects in other areas where sensors are not installed. Also, small or slim objects, such as poles or objects located between sensors may not be detected by the sensors. Pay close attention when the vehicle is driven close to objects on the road, particularly pedestrians, and especially children. Always visually check behind the vehicle when backing up. Be sure to inform any drivers of the vehicle that may be unfamiliar with the system regarding the system’s capabilities and limitations.


If you don’t hear an audible warning sound or if the buzzer sounds intermittently when shifting the gear to the R (Reverse) position, this may indicate a malfunction in the reverse parking distance warning system. If this occurs, have your vehicle checked by an authorized Kia dealer as soon as possible.


Your new vehicle warranty does not cover any accidents or damage to the vehicle or injuries to its occupants. Always drive safely and cautiously.

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