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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,333 miles

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2001 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 282009


  • 151,000 miles


While driving the driver side airbag (in front driver seat) deployed. There was no accident or did I hit anything. There was no evident cause on why the airbag deployed. I took it to a dealership they just look at it did no diagnostic or anything and told me it was out of warranty so they can not do anything about it. I called the manufacturer they basically told me the same thing but did send in a airbag deployment case report.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 102002

Optima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was involved in a crash on Nov 02. I was broadsided by a truck (F150 type veh.) in an intersection. As a result, my roof bowed and the entire drivers side from wheel well to wheel well was caved in like a half moon. The frame was pinned up against the drivers seat. The seat belt did not lock but released me and none of the air bags deployed. I suffered back and neck injury and was transported by amubulance to a nearby hospital. The vehicle was in storage. I contacted the manufacturer numerous times as did my attorney. All we received was the run-around for approx. Six months. No return calls, excuses, unable to get a release to have a Kia auditor look at the car, etc. My insurance company and my attorney sent them the release twice and still no response. Consequently, I deployed overseas (military) and upon my return found that the car had been disposed of (destroyed). I still suffer from my injuries and my attorney is still handling my case.

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 052001


  • miles
01 V 156 000/side air bag wire harness: Reporting dealer ( performance Kia; nicholasville, ky; phone # 1-800/203-8445 or 859/887-4737) sold vehicle before correcting recall. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Waynesburg, KY, USA

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