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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,386 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 #11

Aug 182015

Sedona 6-cyl

  • miles


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 #10

Nov 092012


  • 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 #9

Dec 072010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that while traveling 45 mph, he heard a loud noise from the driver side of the vehicle and the seat belt tightened cutting off his circulation. The contact had to move the seat back to get and unlock the seat belt. A few minutes later, the same failure occurred on the passenger side. The contact was unable to get the passenger side unlocked. The failure left the contact injured across the chest and waist. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 50,000.

- Kihei Maui, HI, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 262006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,700 miles
: the contact stated the seat belt buckle that attaches to the passenger side middle seat of the vehicle fractured and detached at the seam. The dealership has been informed.

- Brooklyn Center, MN, USA

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problem #6

Dec 142005


  • 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 #5

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 #4

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Left middle rear seat will not lock child safety seat in place. Seat belt should lock in place once seat belt is in use and fully retracted however it does not. Seat belt has been replaced three times with same result.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 062003

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
While driving 50 mph vehicle was involved in a collision. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy, and seat belt broke. According to the consumer the seat belt retractor did not lock during the event. Driver sustained neck injuries during the rollover crash. The back seat had become dislodged during the accident. Recall#03V135000.

- Hymera, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 282003


  • miles
Consumer states the seat belts does not latch. Dealer has been notified.

- Fort Jones, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022002


  • miles
While driving with child restrained properly in a booster seat, seat belt twisted around child's waist. The more the child moved the tighter the belt wrapped around her. Jlg

- E. Milton, FL, USA

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