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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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

problem #2

Aug 072002

Sephia

  • miles

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

I was in a very serious accident on August 7th, at 10:30 am while driving in the middle lane of the mass pike rt. 90 framingham, mass. I thought my Kia sehpia was in accelent condition, but while I was driving in the middle lane, the steering wheel and column started shaking and I could not steer the vehicle. I tried to keep the vehicle in the lane but could not control the steering. The car screeched and was pulling to the right. To my immediate right was a large ryder rental truck, I braced myself and hit the left front end of the truck. The rest is a blur, I spun around and the rear of my car hit the guard rail and I fortunately stopped in the breakdown lane. It happened so fast, but what is most upsetting, I don't know what happened. I'm not sure if it was a steering column problem or a tire problem. All I know is, I was driving safetly and then my car when out off control. The right front of my vechicle was severly damaged, and my passenger side air bag did not deploy.

- Scituate, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 101999

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 35mph on the highway and another vehicle cut into consumer's lane, and veered into consumer's vehicle broadside. Upon impact, driver's side airbag didn't go off. Also airbag light was always on.

- Pennsboro, WV, USA

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