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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,894 miles

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2002 Kia Sedona seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 182015

Sedona 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Before the incident there were issues with the rear captain chairs seat belt latch when trying to buckle them. I have three small children under the age of 3 years of age and it is very important and crucial that seat belts are in working order without issues for the safety of their well being. Before the incident the seats themselves in the rear rows had issues latching as well when being installed. On August 18, 2015 myself and three small children were in a severe high impact accident and none of the airbags had gone off like they never existed. My kids and I suffer from seat belt abrasions and I suffer from bruising in multiple places from my head down, shoulder pain and back issues. Police, paramedic's, collision center, witnesses, and my insurance company were all notified or had notified about the airbags. Apparently, my seat which was the driver seat was also completely snapped off as well. Updated 08/26/15

- Gallupville, NY, USA

problem #13

Feb 282014

Sedona

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sedona. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph and crashed into the rear another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The contact suffered head, neck and back injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed at the scene. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #12

Nov 222013

Sedona

  • 187,376 miles
Driving home and a deer jumped out in front of my van and I hit the deer and totaled my van bad where the air bags should of went off but it didn't now there's a light on the dash that looks like a guy sitting in a seat with a belt on and an air bag in front of it.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #11

Nov 222013

Sedona

  • 187,376 miles

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

Driving home and a deer jumped out in front of my van and I hit the deer and totaled my van bad where the air bags should of went off but it didn't now there's a light on the dash that looks like a guy sitting in a seat with a belt on and an air bag in front of it.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #10

Nov 222013

Sedona

  • 187,376 miles
Driving home and a deer jumped out in front of my van and I hit the deer and totaled my van bad where the air bags should of went off but it didn't now there's a light on the dash that looks like a guy sitting in a seat with a belt on and an air bag in front of it.

- Washington, DC, USA

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problem #9

Nov 092012

Sedona

  • 90,000 miles
Airbag light was illuminating intermittently - took to dealership for diagnostic in 2010. Kia dealership in turnersville said that light illuminating was normal and no issue. I recently had timing chain replaced by same dealership - different tech. This time they said that the light meant the airbags would not deploy in an accident! they said repairs would not be covered! I am furious.

- Laurel Springs, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 082011

Sedona

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sedona. The contact was driving 45 mph when the driver and passenger side air bags deployed independently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 292007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sedona. While driving less than 25 mph, the contact noticed that the air bag light was illuminated. The dealer stated that the seat belt sensor failed and caused the air bag light to illuminate. No repairs have been made as of yet. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 84,000. Updated 09/19/TR

- Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 172006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
: the contact stated the air bag warning light illuminated shortly after the vehicle was started. Previously, the vehicle was repaired under recall campaign #03V17000 regarding the seat belts. Before the recall work was completed the air bag warning light was illuminated. Once the repair was made the light went off. The contact is concerned the same seat belt problem has returned, but has not made an appointment with the dealer for inspection.

- Flushing, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 142005

Sedona

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In 11/04 my ABS lights went on in my 02 Kia Sedona. I took the van to get new brakes and was told that I needed to take it to the dealership because the ABS sensor was broken in pieces on the driver side wheels. In 8/05 my air bag light came on in the dash and stayed on. Before I could get my car in to dealership, I was driving home from work in early 9/05 going ove an overpass when my car just died and lost all power. I was told that my master flow sensor went bad and needed a new one (warranty). They also replaced the seat belt sensor in the drivers side to take care of the air bag light.2 days later my airbag light came back on. In 12/05 my ABS light came on again along with the warning beep. I called my dealership and got appt. Following Tuesday. I was told it should be safe to drive until then. Both headlights also went out. Now when applying brake my brake goes down grinds, adjust then goes all the way down. Got car to dealership tues am. In the afternoon received call 1 yr old battery is leaking acid due to faulty alternator (sending too much power out. Was told must replace battery so that dealership may complete diagnosis. Was told by dealership Kia only warranties main issue not any additional items damaged by main issue. Received call a little while ago, told bad altinator needs battery faulty seat belt sensor now in passenger seat belt (3 months ago was drivers side also my headlights are both blown - yes faulty altenator most likely caused this. I was also told that my new brakes (replaced in Aug 05 at less than 3000 mi ago) are wore thin and need relacement along with rotors which now have grooves in them and they are also to thin. I have now replaced the brakes 4 times on a vehicle that is 4 yrs old and being told must replace once again.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 312004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,840 miles

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

Problems: Unwanted acceleration; clunking/seizing brakes/lit airbag warning light. Mileage: Under 58,000 miles. Kia Sedona 2002 VIN # [xxx]. on afternoon of 12/31/04, I & passenger drive from nyc to hartford, ct. Minivan repeatedly accelerated to 70-75 mph along highway roads. I braked to reduce speed repeatedly. Unsuccessful repeatedly despite knowledge that state troopers looking for speeders on new year's eve. Returning from hartford, ct to nyc on afternoon, on highway roads, a light grinding sound from right side of car [seemed both front & rear wheels] came on whenever I steered to the left. No sound if driving straight or to right. Checked under minivan for loose anything. Saw nothing. Felt tires and steel wheels for heat, if brakes are wearing or sticking. Felt uniform temperatures on all tires and wheels. Conduct my business in hartford, ct. Drove home to bronx county, NY with passenger. Picked up family of 4 kids, 2 parents to drive to mother-in-law in queens county. Drop off passenger and proceed to route 87 South. Leaving route 87 South [major deegan highway] onto exit ramp for route 95 North [cross bronx expressway eastbound] in stop & go traffic around 7:30 pm there was a clunking sound going from right front wheel to center to left front of car. I stopped & checked under car with electric lantern for broken strut or tie-rod. Saw nothing. Drove on route 95, over whitestone bridge to queens. Parked van. On 1/1/2005 [Saturday] around 1:00 am I drive family back to home in bronx county. Two streets from home a clunk sound again, grabbing wheels. Drop off family at 1:30 a.M. drive vehicle to neighborhood gas station for check-up that Saturday morning. Unable to contact service dept of local Kia dealership due to new year's weekend. Also, note airbag light is on continuously. Will contact warranty phone numbers & personnel & Kia dealership am of Monday, 1/3/2005 prior to work commencing. Front & rear suspension complaints. Updated 07/24/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Riverdale, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 112004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,542 miles
We own a 2002 Kia Sedona minivan. We bought it new in October of 2002. Since 04/03 we have had to return the car for airbag/seatbelt fault indications four times. In every case the front seat belt buckle sensors have been found to be defective.the dealer mechanic has told us that the air bags would not deploy with this fault indication. With each failure they have had to wait for back ordered parts, and the mechanic says this is a common fault with theses cars. Since they are always waiting for parts to repair this defect, it leads me to believe that there is indeed a widespread problem of this nature. In researchuing past problems on your web site iit seems that air bag/ seatbelt problems are a recurrent Kia defect. This is an apparant engineering design defect that puts owners of these vehicles at serious risk. Seatbelts and air bags are a federally mandated safety feature that consumers should have confidence that they will work when needed. Our car is now past it's milage warrenty and now Kia insists that we pay for the reoccuring repairs to this important safety system. Consumers should not have to subsidise Kia's failure prone system

- Porter, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have a 2002 Sedona. We have owned it for 2 years. And this is the 7th time the airbag light has come on and stayed on. Evey time we take it in they replace something, once was the seat belt latch, another time was a part in the computer and so on. They just don't know what is causing it to come on, so they tell me. That is such a reassuring answer for a car owner. We have also had problems with the battery, hatchback not opening and having dents in it from when we shut it and break problems that they refussed to fix until after the warrenty expired. It is time now for an attorney to step in for us.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 132003

(reported on)

Sedona

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a collision and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Canvas, WV, USA

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