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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 3 of 4)

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problem #24

Jun 032013


  • miles


2006 Kia Sedona. Consumer writes in regards to air bag light illuminating. The dealer informed the consumer, with the air bag light on, there was a possibility the air bag(s), may not deploy.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #23

Mar 012010


  • 65,690 miles
The electrical system has shorts and harness issues all over. You had a recent recall, but not involving 2006 Sedonas only 2007. Our vehicle has same issue as found in the recent recall. The airbag light is on and I have never had an accident. The lighting is also affected due to the wiring harness. I have one blinker I constantly replace and same with one front head lamp. I have seen other complaints of the same thing with the same exact vehicle.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #22

Feb 012013


  • 148,000 miles
The airbag light illuminates on dash and the passenger airbag light illuminates off when a passenger is seated in the seat. This is a hazard considering the airbag will not deploy in the event of an accident. I had seen that the sorentos and other models has a similar issues and there is a recall to fix the issue which takes less than a minute. Why has Kia not provided the same service for the Sedonas. This is an issue the Kia has known about and needs to take action before more people get hurt.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 112012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light remained illuminated when the passenger's seat was occupied and the passenger's seat belt was being utilized. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the passenger side air bag sensor was connected to the seat belt, in which the seat belt needed to be replaced. The dealer advised the contact that the passenger side air bag could deploy at any time without warning. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 63,000. Updated 1/15/13 the consumer was quoted a price of $ 250 for a new seat belt. Updated 01/22/13

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #20

Oct 122012


  • 86,000 miles
Was in a accident struck many trees lots of front end damage, both passenger and drivers side damage and my air bag did not deploy.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

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problem #19

Jul 032012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 36,600 miles
The air bag warning light was on when I put a bag on the passenger seat. I have checked on internet that the air bags won't be deployed when the warning light is on. I think this is a big safety issue and Kia has a defective product of either air bag sensor or something else. Kia should take responsibility to fix the problem on its own cost. The cost of fixing this problem would be over $1500. This should absolutely be a recall issue.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #18

Apr 192007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


After I got this mini van the air bag warning light never worked right, some time the passenger air bag light would stay on and sometimes it went off, did not mater if someone was sitting there or not. Dealer told me they could not find an issue with it. Now the light stays on and will not go out. I was told that the air bags will not work when the light is on. This is a major safety issue.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #17

Mar 072012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 47,211 miles
The "air bag" warning light came on and the vehicle manual indicated we should take it to a dealer asap. The dealer indicated that none of the air bags in the vehicle would deploy when this "air bag" light is on. The dealer also indicated that there had been many problems with the Kia Sedona air bag sensors located under the driver's seat. They recalibrated the sensors at a cost of $194 and the light went off. However, they indicated that the sensors were "still vacillating" and that if this air bag light came on again the sensors under the seat would need to be replaced (at a cost of approximately $1500). I went on line and found many other Kia owners who have had the same problem. This is a serious safety issue and, in my opinion, there should be a recall to fix these defective sensors.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #16

Nov 302011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
My airbag light came on & I called my local Kia dealer. They told me to make sure nothing was under seats because that could cause it. There was nothing under the seats, however about 25 miles later (when I arrived at work) the light went off. The next day the light came back on & has not gone off since. There are so many complaints about this same thing on this make and model, this should be a recall. It is a safety issue & I shouldn't have to pay $2000 of my money to fix Kia's shortfall!!!

- Floral City, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. Also, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated when a passenger above eighty pounds was seated in the seat. The dealer replaced the passenger side seat as well as the computer; however, the air bag warning light continued to illuminate. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current mileage was 47,000. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 262011


  • 64,000 miles


My wife was driving our 2006 Kia Sedona ex approximately 40 mph when she was in a collision where she rear ended another vehicle. The driver's side airbag did not deploy. Luckily no one was injured, but we are unsure why, at such a speed, no airbags went off.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 182011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 47,485 miles
Our 2006 Kia Sedona airbag light on the dashboard came on. A Kia dealer diagnostic revealed a $1,850 repair costs to replace the airbag seat sensors. The airbags will not deploy until repaired. Our Sedona has 47,485 miles; 2 months past the warranty. The vehicle has never been in an accident and has been well maintained. This is a safety defect issue and should be covered by Kia as a recall; not a warranty issue. We bought this for our family, we have two little children and it scares me to have them in the car.

- Eldridge, IA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012008

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
2006 Kia Sedona mini-van with ongoing air bag system failure issues. The 'passenger airbag off' light is lit when more than an 80# person is sitting in the front passenger seat indicating that the airbag is turned off. At times the airbag system indicator light is lit as well which is indicative of an entire airbag system failure according to Kia's maintenance manual that came with the vehicle. This has been ongoing for 3 years and has been taken to the shop numerous times with results of: I was told, "you had your purse and a book on the front seat and that messes with the seat sensor", replacement of the computer, replacement of the front passenger seat, I was told, "we didn't plug the seat sensor back in all the way", and etc. The car has had multiple other issues but this one is by far the largest safety issue.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #11

Jun 242011


  • miles
Red air bag light is on. This has happened previously and was reset. I believe that this is a safety issue and should be on the recall list. There are other complaints about the similar problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 032011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 92,050 miles
Air bag warning light came on Mar 3 rd 2011, stays on. Dealer wants replacement of passenger side cushion for $1800. Major, major safety issue manufacturers responsibility to fix safety issue.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 032011


  • miles
2006 Kia Sedona. Consumer writes regarding air bag light illuminating. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and the result of the diagnosis came back as one frontal and one rear crash sensor had corroded and malfunctioned, and also the passenger seat air bag switch malfunctioned. After resetting the diagnostic codes, the technician turned the vehicle on and the same faults registered.

- Getzville, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 272010

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Our 2006 Kia Sedona airbag light on the driver?S dashboard came on. A Kia dealer diagnostic revealed a $1,900 in repair costs to replace the airbag seat sensors. The airbags will not deploy until repaired. Our Sedona has 61,000 miles; 1,000 beyond the 60,000 warranty. This renders the safety rating of the Kia Sedona useless until repaired and endangers the lives for our precious children to ride in this vehicle. The vehicle has never been in an accident and has been well maintained rigorously following all manufacturer maintenance. This is a safety defect issue and should be covered by Kia as a recall; not a warranty issue. Kia corporate declined to cover the costs. The number one reason we purchased the 2006 Kia Sedona was the safety rating. Now we are stuck with our precious two little children far from home with a safety dilemma rendered by a manufacture defect that Kia will not acknowledge. This has put a young family in a dilemma of how to safely Transport our children home and how to pay for a manufacturer defect that is beyond our means. This very same issue has been reported by other owners: please help Kia realize this is a safety issue and is only 1,000 miles out of warranty anyway. Not only is this bad public relations for a company for not standing behind their safety rating, it is dangerous to put lives at risk. Please make this a recall issue. Thank you!

- Glendale, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 242010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that he would need to replace the front passenger air bag sensor because in a crash they would not deploy. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 232010


  • 64,000 miles
Problems: Air bag light on again. Has been repaired by dealer several times. Ac does not blow cold continually and has been repaired several times. New compressor, additional freon, etc. Horn malfunctioning again. Transmission problem - the vehicle "bangs or slams" when you come down a hill to a stop. When slowing down to a stop light it actually has a surge or acceleration. This vehicle only has 64000 on it and the brakes have been serviced several times (front and rear). Now when I am driving I get a terrible grinding feeling - and at a higher speed on the highway when you go to slow down faster it vibrates terribly. Also the braking is terrible at higher speeds. Also had problems with the actuator repair/replaced several times, horn not sounding properly, air bag light (repaired several times), cruise control issues (won't maintain speed - accelerates or decelerates), battery or electrical issues (told to replace battery which I did & paid for), headlight issues (have replaced lights several times), vibration on highway (new tires and tires have been rebalanced. Alignment done). After reviewing multiple websites on Kia reviews, these above items are very common experiences for Kia Sedona owners. I wanted to make you aware of these items since I feel that if consumers do not notify the authorities nothing will be corrected or known. I have really noticed in the last few months, almost immediately after passing the warranty mark, the vehicle has taken a turn for the worse and problems seem to be escalating.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #5

Nov 092009


  • 64,005 miles
2006 Kia Sedona. Horn failed to operate. Clockspring and hi horn found to be defective and replaced by dealer.

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

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