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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,500 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

May 162006

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


While driving on a paved surface going approx. 40 mph, my driver side seat airbag went off for no reason. I sustained severe bruising and burning scabs on my left shoulder and currently have a scar there.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 262005

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
2002 Kia Optima airbag driver's side deployed going 35 miles perhour while in a right hand curve. When the air bag deployed it hit the left shouder causing my daughter to turn the wheel more and go off the road. There where no impacts on any part of the car.we are lucky no one was hurt other than a strained neck and a hole in the oil pan. Kia recalled some 2001 for the same problem.

- West Burlington, IA, USA

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