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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,425 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Kia Sedona seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

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

Jan 112006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,551 miles
I have a 2002 Kia Sedona van. We had taken the child seat out of the passenger side-middle row and was trying to reinstall the seat. That is when we discovered the seat belts fail to ratchet when installing child safety seat. Since we still had the back seat in the van (I often take them out.), I was able to install the child seat in the back seat. However, had the back seat been out and we had both of our children with us, we would have had to drive with one of our children in an unsecured child seat. If we had an accident...well, lets say that I would own part of Kia. We have had seat belts replaced for same failure in the past. This is third failure in our van, which has less than 51,000 miles. Also, it isn't like we take the child seats in and out much. I would guess that the child seat has only been removed 2 or three times.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #4

Jun 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph another vehicle cut in front of consumer's vehicle. This caused the consumer to depress on the brakes. Consumer noticed that when pressing on the brakes passenger side rear seat belt did not lock, which caused the child safety seat to fall forward. Consumer had the same seat belt replaced on three occasions, and the problem recurred.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 192003

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


The vehicle was involved in an accident and the passenger side middle row seat buckle became unlatched which was occupied by an infant in a car seat. There were three injuries.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 232003


  • miles
The rear seat belt was replaced per recall 03V-017000. After the seat belt was repaired the consumer was unable to secure a child safety seat in the rear seat because the belt would not lock/retract. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who indicated that the belt is suppose to retract back after being pulled out.

- North Branford, CT, USA

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problem #1

Mar 072002


  • miles
Back seat seatbelts have been replaced twice already in the span of a few months. Contacted dealer, and dealer has replaced the belts, but problem has not been remedied.

- Neosho, MO, USA

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