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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,100 miles

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2005 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 232009


  • 40,000 miles


I was traveling at about 35-40 mph when I noticed the person in front of me stop. I hit the brakes and could not stop in time and collided with the rear of this persons car. It smashed in my front bumper, fender, bent the hood about two feet in the air, and my airbags did not deploy. I drive a Kia Optima 2005. I think this crash definitely warranted a airbag deployment.

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #1

Sep 022005

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
2005 Kia Optima. The consumer's vehicle was rear ended and was pushed into the vehicle in front of hers. The vehicle that hit her was totaled. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The front and back of the vehicle was smashed. The hood, trunk and three of the four doors will not shut. The consumer stated lower back was straight where it should be curved. She was not sure the extent of her injuries. She was unable to get into the doctor's office. Her seven year old step daughter was also in the vehicle and she had a bruise and was sore on her ribs.

- Springfield, OH, USA

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