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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,350 miles

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2006 Kia Sedona seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Kia Sedona Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #44

Dec 152014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


This vehicle's "airbag" light sensor came on upon starting my vehicle routinely. I was not involved in any accident prior to the light illuminating. I received an estimate of $968.71 to repair two airbag sensors at the dealership. I then learned that the airbag light once illuminated shuts down the entire airbag system in the vehicle and that there are over 44 registered NHTSA complaints on the 2006 Kia Sedona models. I called Kia consumer assistance center and was issued a case number. I have allied the assistance center and Kia Consumer Affairs department of the western regional office over two dozen times beginning December 18, 2014 asking why there has not been a service campaign for this vehicle and they said one time that they would not pay for the repair and suggested I call the western regional office which I call daily with no return call from Kia's [xxx]. Kia consumer assistance has promised me a return phone call daily since December 19, 2015 which I never receive. I am not driving the vehicle since the airbag system is down and renders the van unsafe to drive my family. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #43

Dec 102014


  • 83,000 miles
Air bag sensor light came on, no accident, no other problems

- Co Springs, CO, USA

problem #42

Nov 012014


  • 95,000 miles
Air bag light illuminated with no accident taking place. I purchased the vehicle new in 2006 and it has never been in an accident. I have called the dealership but they want to charge me $135 just to look at the vehicle. The actual repair would be an additional charge. I called Kia motor company but they will not take care of the issue at no cost. They say it is out of warranty (which it is) and there is not a recall (which there isn't, yet, but probably should be) so they can not offer to fix the problem at no cost. I understand the air bag system will not function at all if the air bag light is illuminated so now, my wife is driving an unsafe vehicle that is less than 10 years old and just turned over 100,000 miles. I think Kia should stand behind the safety system of the vehicle and repair it at no cost to me.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #41

Nov 222014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 165,249 miles


The airbag light is illuminated and won't go off. I see that this is an ongoing problem with a multitude of 2006 Kia Sedona owners. I am told that this shuts the whole airbag system off until it is corrected and is very expensive to have fixed. As with many others, my young children ride in this car and I don't feel safe. This should be a recall. Please help us. Thank you.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #40

Sep 182013


  • 180,000 miles
The entire vehicle air bag system is not functioning. I have been told, by Kia, that it will cost $2,500 to repair this problem. Unfortunately, although it seems to be caused by the front passenger seat belt buckle, which would cost $175 to replace, the entire system ceases to function when any problem occurs and requires that not only the seat buckle be replaced, but also the seat frame ($700) and air bag computer system ($1,500). Although this vehicle is very reliable and sound mechanically, my family is at risk everytime we are on the road.

- Sherman, IL, USA

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problem #39

Jun 172009

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Air bag light came on - turned out to be a very expensive replacement of the air bag module. I have talked to other people who have the same problem with the Kia Sedona - same year. Air bags apparently don't work if the light comes on.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #38

Sep 222014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • miles


Air bag warning light came indicating a possible failure with the air bag deployment sensors/wiring.

- Morristown, TN, USA

problem #37

Feb 012014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The air bag light came on at around 80K miles and has stayed on. I have checked the connections beneath the driver and passenger seats; all appear firmly seated. It should also be noted that I had recently replaced the battery before the light came on, a common precursor to this problem if the online forums are any indication. At any rate, this appears to be far too common (and expensive!) an issue among Kia owners, to say nothing of its incredible significance as a safety hazard. Kia should issue a recall and fix this manufacturer's defect promptly.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #36

Jul 012014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My airbag light stays on all the time. When I addressed this issue with the Kia dealership they said that they would do a diagnostic for $95. My concern is that if I got into an accident my airbag would not deploy. This should be addressed as a safety concern and have Kia issue a recall. When I google this problem there are a lot of other Kia Sedona owners having the same issue. Some of them have had to pay over $400 to have it fixed. I am a single mother and cannot afford to pay this amount of money to have an airbag fixed, when it should be a recall in the first place.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 222014


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the air bag light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced three sensors to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #34

Nov 202013

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 95,330 miles


Date and mileage are approximate. Air bag light on dash lit up and stayed on continuously. Because I was ill at the time I was not able to get the vehicle into the dealer until after the 100,000 mile mark. They then told me that a sensor in the front passenger seat was bad, and that I would have to replace the whole seat at a price of $2,000 to correct the problem. In the meantime, they told me that until that sensor was replaced the whole airbag system was non-functional. This is a travesty that a whole safety system can be disabled for want of a 25 cent sensor, and that they can dictate that I need to replace the seat at a price of $2,000 to correct the problem. Where the redundancy in the system" where's the ability to just replace the sensor" my car is barely worth $6,000. I cannot afford a $2,000 seat, but I also cannot afford to be without an airbag system, which I paid dearly for when I bought the vehicle. I think Kia is greatly at fault for selling such a poor system, and for failing to correct it. I contacted Kia. They did not wish to hear about my problem.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #33

May 142014


  • 103,000 miles
Side sliding door opens while car is in drive. Luckily I was able to pull over and push it closed, but it scares me when I'm driving and my son is in his car seat and the door chime will go off because the door is opening. This needs to be fixed asap. Air bag light is on quite often and had to take to mechanic to see what was wrong.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #32

Apr 182014


  • 88,500 miles
Air bag light would not shut off. Dealer said that I needed to have seat belt buckle replaced at a cost off $400. Are you kidding me?

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #31

Sep 012012


  • 85,000 miles
Air bag light came on in dash and will not go off, Kia said was problem in one of seat belt sensors, $500 to fix. This is a common problem and should be under recall for safety issue.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #30

Mar 312014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
2006 Sedona air bag warning light in dash stays on. I have had this car since new and this is about the 6th time the light stay on and this was after a severe winter with a lot of salt on the road. It happened with in a week after the dealer performed 3 recalls, 2 to correct metal parts from rust from salt and a failing rear heater hose usually the light stays on for 2 to 3 days but this time it has been on for 3 weeks. One time when it was on I took it to the dealer and they said it was a ground problem. This problem started after the dealer took apart the head liner for the 2nd time to repair a leak. When they put the headliner back there were over 10 things they did not put back correctly. From that time on I said I had no faith in the air bags deploying if I would be in a crash. Now that the light is on for over 3 weeks I have to pay to have it fixed as it is now out of warranty. This problem is reported many times on the internet and Kia needs to address this problem!

- Pennsburg, PA, USA

problem #29

Mar 142014


  • miles
For no reason what so ever, my air bag light came on today and the passenger air bag off light stays on, regardless of if there is someone in the seat. I did have to replace the battery back in January, but I did notice that it did this once before, however shutting it off and restarting it always fixed the problem. There should be a recall on this, from what I'm reading. This is a safety issue.

- London, KY, USA

problem #28

Oct 232013

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I bought my van in 2012 from modern Toyota in winston salem nc. I have never had a problem. I did have a battery issue and replaced the battery about 4 months ago. All the sudden my airbag light has come on and will not go off. I am concerned because I have three children, and I have heard that the 2006 Kia Sedona has these problems with airbag. Is there going to be a recall on it?

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #27

Oct 132013


  • 88,437 miles
My air bag dtc light has come on.

- Lake In The Hillsl, IL, USA

problem #26

Sep 012013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the air bag and ESC warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the computer in the front driver or passenger's side seat would have to be replaced. The technician was unable to guarantee the repair after replacing the part. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #25

Jul 062012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Airbag light on without crash or defect in well maintained auto. Apparently this totally inactivates all airbags. Multiple similar complaints in NHTSA system. Needs to be recall, since most owners are unable to afford dealer repairs to this defective system on this model car. Often attributed to defective seatbelt sensors. Hopefully no one will die because of this problem, and Kia usa should pay to repair this known defect!

- Louisburg, NC, USA

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