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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
24 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,087 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Aug 212007

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,090 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The airbag in my daughters Kia Sephia 1998 passenger side only deployed while she was sitting at a red light. There was no accident and no reason for the airbag to go off. Took to dealship for review and was told that the expert looked at the car and said there is nothing they can do and no idea why it happen. Then continued to say that someone could have done something wrong to the car and we would never no, but they were not going to spend any more time or money to find out what really may have caused this. My daughter, the driver, was slightly injured and now is affraid while driving or riding in a car.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #27

Mar 262007

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owned a 1998 Kia Sephia. A relative was driving the consumers vehicle and he saw his brother driving in the opposite direction. He swerved to play a game with his brother, but instead he lost control of the vehicle and crashed head on into the other vehicle. The drivers air bag failed to deploy, however the passenger air bag deployed and there were no passengers. Updated 04/30/08. Lj the consumers also owns a 2000 Toyota Tacoma which was also involved in the accident and the drivers air bag did not deploy. Updated

- Cedar City, UT, USA

problem #26

Oct 122004

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,333 miles
While driving 60 mph the vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. The dual air bag did not deploy upon impact. The consumer sustained bruising from the seat belt. Please provide additional information.

- Soledad, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 162003

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer rear ended another motorist and the air bags failed to deploy the consumer also stated the brakes failed.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #24

Sep 242001

Sephia

  • miles
Dashboard is lifting up and affecting frontal air bag on passengers side. Dealer has been notified.

- Edingurg, TX, USA

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problem #23

Mar 012000

Sephia

  • miles
While crossing an intersection about 20 mph another vehicle ran head- on into consumer's vehicle and air bags deployed without prior warning.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #22

Jan 011999

Sephia

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving in the snow made a turn that left vehicle looking to oncoming traffic, and had head-on collision with another vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy, causing injuries to consumer and child in vehicle.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #21

Mar 012000

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer was driving over a speed bump when the airbag experienced false deployment causing damage to the windshield.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 242000

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes, lights, seats, battery, airbags, odometer, leaks, aircondition, leftdoorhandle (tiresize: 14`)( dot number: Tire size: 14` )

- Colfax, LA, USA

problem #19

Apr 172000

Sephia

  • miles
The right side air bag failed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Jul 101999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on old route 50 another vehicle cut across in front of consumer's vehicle. Consumer was not able to stop, and hit vehicle broadside. Neither airbag deployed. Contacted manufacturer, and was told nothing was wrong. Since the accident, airbags have been on all the time. Also, had brakes replaced 5 or 6 times. When applying brakes the steering wheel shakes. Also, done an alignment.

- Pennsboro, WV, USA

problem #17

Apr 212000

Sephia

  • miles
While driving on main street, traveling 15mph, traffic was slow, and vehicle in front stopped suddenly, causing consumer to rearend vehicle in front. Upon impact, neither airbag deployed. Hasn't contacted dealer or manufacturer.

- Balitmore, MD, USA

problem #16

Dec 241999

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer was traveling during dry weather conditions at 40mph when his vehicle rearended another vehicle, and frontal airbags didn't deploy. There were no injuries. Consumer just received the vehicle back from dealer, and wants a second opinon.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #15

Feb 162000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
No deployment of passenger and driver side air during accident. Nlm

- Citra, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 162000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
No deployment of passenger and driver side air during accident. Nlm

- Citra, FL, USA

problem #13

Dec 241999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which the driver's/ or passenger's air bags did not deploy, cause unknown..et

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #12

Dec 241999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which the driver's/ or passenger's air bags did not deploy, cause unknown..et

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #11

Jul 101999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag warning light remains illuminated, indicating a malfunction within the system, cause unknown, also, vehicle was involved in a collision in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Pensboro, WV, USA

problem #10

Jul 101999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag warning light remains illuminated, indicating a malfunction within the system, cause unknown, also, vehicle was involved in a collision in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Pensboro, WV, USA

problem #9

Jan 242000

Sephia

  • miles
The driver in front of my vehicle stopped to rubberneck at an accident. My daughter rear-ended the car at 50-55 mph and her 98 Kia Sephia air bag did not deploy. She has chiropractic injuries.

- Salinas, CA, USA

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