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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,300 miles

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2002 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 152004


  • 71,000 miles


While driving at any speed air bag warning light illuminated. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Hazel Green, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,600 miles
The air bag warning light came on 7 times while driving. Dealership replaced the driver's side seat that contained the side air bag because it was faulty, and installed a new air bag control module. Also, they reprogrammed the air bag sensor several times, but the light still came back on. Vehicle was involved in 2 frontal collisions in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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