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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,667 miles

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2006 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 152009


  • 187,000 miles


Air bag light on dash will not go off. Passenger air bag on/off light not always working. Dealer says $115 for test. If warranted they will pay. If not I will pay. Read of many reports like this. 87,000 miles.

- South Haven, KS, USA

problem #2

Sep 252008


  • 36,000 miles
Your NHTSA campaign id no. 08V161000, concerning the airbag system on 2006-08 Hyundai sonatas, should be expanded to include Kia Optimas. I just had the exact same problem with a 2006 Kia Optima, , which I purchased from enterprise car sales and then returned within the 7-day return period due to discovery of this problem. The software did not recognize a 120-pound adult as an adult on the passenger side, as a result of which we got the signal that the passenger side air bag was off.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 032008


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. On August 3, 2008, the contact was involved in a three vehicle crash. Her vehicle crashed into the preceding vehicle and the air bag failed to deploy. On two occasions, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer because the air bag light kept illuminating. During the first repair, the dealer replaced a wire shortage. During the second repair, the wiring harness was replaced. The vehicle is currently at the tow yard. The manufacturer will be notified. The contact was injured. The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 46,000.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

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