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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,175 miles

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2009 Kia Borrego seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Kia Borrego Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 262014

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


I hit a parked car on passenger front side. No passengers were in the vehicle. Side and window air bags deployed on driver side and passenger side. Steering wheel airbag did not deploy and I slammed into the steering wheel causing injury.

- Lanark, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 252013

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle hydro-planed and crashed into a concrete pillar. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained a head injury and bruising to the body. The police were called and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for inspection but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000. Updated 12/17/13

- Tomball , TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 252013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated someone crashed into the vehicle from the rear, pushing the contact's vehicle into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The driver of the vehicle sustained a face contusion and lacerations to the nose. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #1

May 052011

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 11,700 miles
Purchased new 09 Borrego in June 2010. Transmission started slipping at 11,700 miles, would stay at 40mph with foot off of gas pedal, slipped in 3rd and 4th gears. Took in for repairs and they said they needed to replace the transmission and to come pick the Borrego up until the transmission could be shipped to them. The following day, the check engine light came on and the dealership said it was ok to drive it that way, and to just bring it in when the transmission came in. They replaced the transmission with a remanufactured transmission (never told us this, until we picked it up and read it on the service ticket). At 11,900, and only 200 miles after the replacement, it started slipping again. It was jerking very hard between park and this point, the service engine light was also on. I called and was told to wait for several days (the service department was too busy to get the vehicle in) and on the day of the appointment, went to leave home and the Borrego wouldn't go over 20mph. By the time I made it around the block to return home, it wouldn't go over 15mph. When I pulled out on the street where the speed limit was 45, I had cars ready to plow into me because I couldn't get the vehicle to go!!!! it is now back to the dealership (via flatbed tow truck). Since the vehicle has had gas tank issues (replaced tank and now the co inside the vehicle is at lethal levels), 4 attempts to get the airbag light off, chipping paint, seatbacks falling off, etc. We are now asking for Kia to repurchase the SUV and we will buy a car that's non Kia!!!!!

- Greenfield, IN, USA

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