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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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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 #5

Jun 012015


  • 64,000 miles


Driver's seat belt randomly discharges and disconnects. We began to be able to feel the difference when putting it on when it would latch vs when it wouldn't properly and securely latch. Sometimes it would take 3-5 attempts to make the belt feel secure. Often times, it would later unlatch and completely disconnect. This happened randomly; at stop lights, parking lots, on the highway, etc. It would also discharge and disconnect if tugged on. For example, leaning from driver's side over to passenger's side to reach something.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 292015


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated that some of the seat belts in the vehicle would not latch properly without first depressing the release button on the seat belt. Once the seat belt was latched, it became unlatched again when the contact moved slightly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Macon, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 012014


  • 93,000 miles
Driver's seat belt does not latch properly. It will disengage at any time, with or without pressure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 052014

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The locking mechanism releases under moderate pressure (pull). Occurs at any speed, including while parked.

- Kingston, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022012


  • 29,000 miles
The seat belt for the driver's seat refuses to latch consistently. Sometimes it is obvious (you don't hear the click, you don't feel the click and the belt starts to retract as soon as you let go). Other times, it feels latched but a tug pulls it right out. After a click, reclick and test several times it usually latches. We are contacting the dealer now about getting this problem resolved. This is an obvious safety problem, as thinking it has clicked and getting into even a minor crash could cause the belt to unlatch.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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