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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,425 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 292013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • miles


When someone sits in the passenger seat, the sensor does not detect passenger. The light stays in the off position and the air bag light in the dashboard will not cut off.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 282012


  • 118,000 miles
My 2005 Kia Sorento hydroplaned. The SUV flipped over 3 times and hit an concrete wall. My airbags and seat belt failed to secure me. Kia says that my car does not have roll over airbags that they are not responsible for my injuries. I feel that Kia should own up to the poorly made SUV that they design.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 302008


  • 81,400 miles
On 4/30/08 my Kia Sorento was hit from behind on the interstate. We were pushed into the car ahead of us who also hit the car ahead of them. We were on an extended on ramp so I estimate our speed was 35 mph. As the traffic ahead of us began to stop quickly I applied my brakes, therefore the exact rate of speed at the time of impact is unknown. However we hit car enough that my daughters lid covered soft drink hit the dash. Neither of my cars front air bags deployed. My car sustained major rear and front and driver side damage. The car was totaled. Our seat belts did hold us in. However I received bruising from the seat belt in the check and waist area as weak as an injury to my right knee where it hit the lower dash area.

- Hueytown , AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 242005

Sorento 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,300 miles
We had issues from the beginning with a fire in the center console of our pre-owned Kia. Then we noticed the light for the passenger side air bags was intermittent on picking up whether there was a passenger in the seat. Our clock would go in and out on the lighting especially over bumps. Then we were rear ended on the highway. No air bags went off. The seat belt did not engage and hold either me or my husband back. Then when I fell back against the seat the seat did not stay in place and I fell backwards. I went to the hospital for muscle spasms. The vehicle is being repaired for the physical damage and then will be brought to the dealership.

- Hinsdale, NH, USA

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