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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,490 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 142016

Optima

  • 129,000 miles

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

Optima's driver's-side seat belt stopped working and the back seat middle seat belt, (rarely used), stopped working due to inability to click (lock) into place. Car is a 2013 Kia Optima gdi & is in excellent condition in every other aspect seen & known.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 022016

Optima

  • miles
Air bag light constantly stays on while driving

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 172012

Optima

  • miles
Rear seat belts in cloth seat configuration do not hold the buckle in an exposed position so that a child or an adult can reasonably operate it. Most vehicles have a plastic sheath that hold the buckle exposed so that it is accessible. It is almost impossible to put a child seat on the seat and then attempt to buckle a child in place. This design is a safety hazard as users will be frustrated and omit using the rear seat belts.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 212014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 17,904 miles
Rear seat belts in cloth seat configuration do not hold the buckle in an exposed position so that a child or an adult can reasonably operate it. Most vehicles have a plastic sheath that hold the buckle exposed so that it is accessible. It is almost impossible to put a child seat on the seat and then attempt to buckle a child in place. This design is a safety hazard as users will be frustrated and omit using the rear seat belts.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #1

May 182014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 70,545 miles
I was attempting to get out of the car. I unbuckled my seatbelt and then leaned forward to pickup something off the floor. When I started to release the seatbelt and the shoulder strap pulled my head into the head rest my my neck. The more I pulled the seatbelt to loosen it, the tighter it got. Nothing helped. Finally my friend who had been driving, removed the side panel and then removed the locking mechanism on the seatbelt to release my neck.

- Winder, GA, USA

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