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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 2
Average Mileage:
35,300 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.

2004 Kia Sedona seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 092014


  • 152,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona.the contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the contact crashed into a deer but the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 152,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Getteysburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 262004

Sedona 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
They were minor at first, speaker cover, weather stripping, and noise when backing up. Then the other problems came: Faulty Pilot bearing, clutch, and pressure plate, 4WD light, E brake, power windows, paint coming of vehicle in various places, dome lamp, door lock sensor, gear shifter, windshield molding, air bag light, gas pedal sticking, cup holder. The ones that concern me the most is the vibration that I have at speeds of 65-75 mph. The whole steering wheel shakes and the vibration can be felt below. I have seen where there are other complaints on this model for this. I am concerned because I have taken it to the dealer and they cannot locate the problem. I also have problems shifting into lower gears especially in the mornings. I also have problems shifting into 1st gear from neutral. I was sitting at a stop light and when the light turned green went to put my car into first, it would not go, I shifted into 2nd and tried to go into 1st but it would not go. I finally cut the vehicle off and got it into 1st. The other main concern is there is a delay on acceleration. I experience it after my vehicle has sat for 5 or more hours. When the gas pedal is pushed the vehicle will not go or will move several feet and then stop. I have made the dealership aware of these problems and some have been fixed but the major ones, vibration, hesitation, and shifting into 1st cannot be fixed because the cause is unknown. I have already had two close calls in this vehicle one because I could not get my car into gear and I was about hit from behind. The other was the hesitation where the car stalled just as I was pulling onto the road and would not go. The vibration concerns me too because this could be the transmission or steering, and I know that much of a vibration has to affect other things as well. I am going to contact someone about trying to declare this vehicle as a lemon. I am concerned for my daughter's safety and this is my only source of transportation. Please help me.

- Connelly Springs, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 302006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was just notified by state farm insurance that the air bags on the Kia sorento are not working properly. This has caused them to remove the safety discount from the vehicle. If the air bags are not working in accidents then I feel that they need to be fixed or replaced so people will not die due to the failure of air bags.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 292005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
We were going East on a county road(219th), at about 40 mph. The passengers front tire crossed the white line and slipped into the ditch. Van continued East into a telephone pole, breaking it in 3 pieces. The van then slide sideways and came to rest southbound after hitting a tree. After van came to rest and the driver checked family's safety, it was then discovered that the air bags on both sides had not deployed and that the auto lock feature of the seat belts had not engaged either. We were assisted from the van and contacted the police. Van was towed to wrecking yard (not drivable).notified Kia service manager of failures and he told me to contact Kia. He gave us the number and said we need to contact them asap and they will contact him. Kia took our information and told us to send pictures and a legible copy of accident to the main office in ca.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Hit some black ice and vehicle started to spin, then rolled. None of the airbags deployed. Vehicle was totaled. This vehicle model is the sorento LX.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

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