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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

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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 #5

Dec 122002


  • miles


Consumer states that when they was hit in the front center of the vehicle the air bag did not deploy causing minor injuries to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 272002

(reported on)


  • miles
Air bag light has illuminated on dashboard for about a year off and on. Dealer has been notified; however, wanted to charge consumer for problem.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172000

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving dash panel illuminated; all the warning lights before the vehicle went dead. A mechanic told consumer air bag melted. The dealer has been contacted.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 131999


  • miles
Engine check light/air bag lights are on. Car will not start, also, there was a problem with the brakes. When applying the brakes, pedal went to the floor, consumer almost had a collision.

- Nashvilee, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 181998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When starting the vehicle up vehicle doesn't start up properly. Also, when driving at any speed and applying the brakes, they go half way to the floorboard, and vehicle jerks. In addition, computer chip/ gear shift malfunctioned. Vehicle has been into the shop over ten times. Air bag light and the check engine light keep coming on. Dealer can't determine the cause of the problems.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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