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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,333 miles

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2003 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 262005


  • miles


2003 Optima air bag deployed when swerving to avoid a manhole. When the vehicle was placed on a diagnostic machine it registered that there had been a collision. The manufacturer sent a district parts and service manager to inspect the vehicle. The manager concluded that the driver's side impact air bag properly deployed in the incident experienced by the consumer.

- Gallup, NM, USA

problem #2

Jun 112005

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The caller stated that air bag light was on all the time. Dealer claimed that the driver's side airbag was defective, and did not have the part to fix it. Manufacturer said did not have the part anywhere.

- Sonora, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 242003

(reported on)


  • miles
The air bag sensor was defective.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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