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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,057 miles

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2006 Kia Sorento seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 292016

Sorento

  • 89,000 miles

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

I was driving on the highway and the brake light & battery light came on. The engine sounded rough, when I went to pull of the highway, I had no power steering

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 172015

Sorento

  • 196,000 miles
Was involved in head on collision with other vehicle Ğriving at approximately same speed. Had a passenger in vehicle. Neither driver or passenger airbag deployed. Although injuries were minimal this is very concerning, especially as I just purchased another Kia vehicle.

- Nevada City, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 042011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 6,700 miles
Panel dash lights intermediately dim, low headlights and back running light bulbs burn out constantly, license plate light bulbs burnt out and melted in casing, passenger air bag indicator light comes on when passenger is seated stating it is off. Powered door locks do not work most of the time - push power lock button or by key and still won't lock, keyless remotes don't work even after replacement of new batteries.

- Newark, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 052014

Sorento

  • 105,280 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. While driving at various speeds, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer diagnosed that the passenger seat sensor mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,280.

- Lexington , SC, USA

problem #11

Oct 152014

Sorento

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the brake lights would sporadically illuminate. The independent mechanic replaced the brake lights. In addition, the air bag warning lights remained illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Rockville , MD, USA

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problem #10

Nov 112014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the air bag warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000. Updated 12/19/14 the consumer stated the manufacturer advised the vehicle's VIN number was not included in the recall therefore refusing to repair the vehicle. Updated 5/29/2015

- Key Colony Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 162013

Sorento

  • 40,000 miles

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

"passenger side airbag off" warning light comes on intermittantly when there is a passenger in the front passenger seat. Also the red air bag warning light is on constantly when there is a passenger in the front passenger seat. There is a recall for this very problem on 06 and 07 Sorentos made after June 06 but my Kia was made prior to this date and is not included in the recall. I am afraid for the safety of any passenger in this seat and feel it should be covered by the recall. I took it to Kia and was told there was no recall for this but now I find out there certainly is but they still are refusing to repair it free of charge.

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 082013

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
"passenger side airbag off" warning light comes on intermittently when there is a passenger in the front passenger seat. Also the red air bag warning light is on constantly when there is a passenger in the front passenger seat. There is a recall for this very problem on 06 and 07 Sorentos made after June 06 but my Kia was made prior to this date and is not included in the recall. I am afraid for the safety of any passenger in this seat and feel it should be covered by the recall.

- Etowah, TN, USA

problem #7

Apr 082013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the passenger air bag light illuminated while the front passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to have a diagnostic performed which located the failure at occupant classification system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V473000 (air bags). The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 06/18/13 updated 06/21/2013

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #6

May 022012

Sorento

  • 57,882 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the open sound control (osc) sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,882 and the current mileage was 58,882.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 152012

Sorento

  • 32,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The vehicle was parked with the front passenger side occupied when the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the seat pack would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired.the approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 012011

Sorento

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the air bag sensor on the front passenger side seat had to be replaced. NHTSA recall campaign id number: 11V473000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module) may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The recall only included 2007 and 2008 Kia Sorentos. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Duson, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082008

Sorento

  • 32,000 miles
All my lights both internal & external are burning out every few months. And I've had to replace my battery times also. My headlights are replaced every 4-5 months now, first starting out every year has now dropped to months. The battery lasts from 10-13 months before having to be replaced. Now parking & brake lights are burning out at a rate of about every 6 months. Called my local Kia service rep and he says my dash and console would have to be ripped out to repair, and of course it is no longer covered under warranty.also my interior lights on dash, console and inside on the header no longer work. Have checked all fuses and can find nothing unusual.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 152009

Sorento

  • miles
I was in a car accident in June 2009, in a 2006 Kia Sorento. I was hit by a vehicle traveling at approximately 60-70mph. The impact was so severe, that I ended up in front of the vehicle that I was pushed into. The result of this accident was total loss of vehicle. My air bags did not deploy, and that driver side seat back broke. Doctors said that had my seat back not broke, I would not have sustained such debilitating injuries that I am not going to heal from.

- Orting, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032006

Sorento

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact crashed into the front passenger side of another vehicle. The frontal air bags failed to deploy. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. There were no injuries, but both vehicles were damaged. The vehicle was taken to a collision center for repairs. Recently, the contact crashed into another vehicle. Her vehicle was destroyed and the air bags failed to deploy again. Prior to this crash, the air bag warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they ordered a part related to the air bag component. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown. The current mileage was 29,000.

- Orangevale, CA, USA

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