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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,623 miles

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2010 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2010 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 062016

Optima

  • 22,129 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. Light on clock area showed an off from the day I purchased the car. The suddenly on or about 3/6/2016 an indicator light showed an air bag warning. I took it into champion automotive care plus. They inspected the indicator light and contacted the manufacture and stated to replace the part it would cost over $1000. The next day the light went out. Then a few days later a message came up that the passenger air bags were off. My engine was turned on, when I put it in gear the off light went on. Due to the lousy lighting the only thing you could see was the off light. The only time I was made aware there was a problem is when the indicator light went on.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 102015

Optima

  • miles
Noticed an airbag light was on on the dash. Took the car to the dealer and was told the passenger seat airbag sensor had failed and the cost to repair would be approximately $1800. Repair was not performed.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #9

May 012015

Optima

  • 81,400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the air bag, ABS, and brake system warning lights continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the air bag needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,400.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 152014

Optima

  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 222014

Optima

  • 63,100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 63,100.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

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problem #6

Jan 232014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 63,150 miles
While sitting at a traffic light, a vehicle rear-ended my 2010 Kia Optima. The driver hit my Kia so hard, I hit the mustang in front of me. No air bags deployed upon either impact. Kia was drivable, but there were noticeable differences in the way the car drove (I.e. started pulling to the right, wheel shaking, etc). This was the evening of 01/23/2014. On 01/29/2014, the steering wheel locked up and collided with a parked vehicle (totaling the Kia) @ 28-30 mph. Again air bags did not deploy, and the impact lifted me up and my head shattered the windshield from the top. Seat belt was in use, but did not lock upon impact, failing to secure my body. Major concussion received along with multiple bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Investigation unable to determine the cause of the steering malfunction due to the extent of the damage.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 092011

Optima 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the passenger's seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 09/25/13

- Mccaskill, AR, USA

problem #4

Dec 222012

Optima 4-cyl

  • 36,062 miles
The vehicle was involved in a 1 car accident where it went off the road, into the ditch and rolled several times. There was significant damage to the front end of the vehicle but none of the air bags deployed. The back of the driver's seat was broken during the accident and was all the way reclined rendering the seat belt ineffective. The injuries could have been much worse than they actually were given the fact that no bags deployed. The manufacturer was of little help when contacted and didn't seem to care that their product could be defective.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Oct 122012

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,008 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, another vehicle unexpectedly crashed into the rear of the vehicle which caused it to travel over a concrete lane divider. The trunk space area was crushed up against the rear seats in the vehicle. The substantial impact did not cause the air bags to deploy. The driver suffered from severe whiplash and back pain. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to a savage facility. The manufacturer was notified of the air bag defect. The approximate failure mileage was 40,008. Updated 12/11/12 updated 12/14/2012

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 152011

Optima

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. While the vehicle was parked the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel and the warning chime sounded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the technician stated the cushion assembly in the front passenger seat would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After the vehicle was repaired the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the cushion assembly and the computer. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Mccaskill, AR, USA

problem #1

Jun 022011

Optima 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in a residential driveway and as he closed the door, all of the air bags deployed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that they would replace the air bags under warranty. The parts were on backorder and the dealer was unable to determine when they would become available. The manufacturer was contacted who advised that they would repair the vehicle under the warranty. The failure mileage was 5,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 09/15/11 updated 10/24/11

- Houston, TX, USA

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