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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,128 miles

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2016 Kia Sorento seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2016 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 222016


  • 14,000 miles


The contact owned a 2016 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the vehicle rear ended another vehicle causing a crash. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. There were injuries sustained to the head, back and shoulder of the contact. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,000.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 022015


  • 256 miles
When a cushion (small pillow) is used (I am a short person) on the front passenger's seat, the air bag detetecor turns off the passenger air bag leaving the passenger unprotected. I have contacted the dealer's service dept. And was told there was no work-around for this problem. I also contacted Kia motors and was told the same thing..not fixable. Sitting in the front passenger seat is uncomfortable for me (arm rest height, windshield visibility, etc.) without the small pillow. I cannot believe there is no way to disconnect the sensor (which I was told was weight sensitive....obviously not, because my weight is the same with or without the pillow). This leaves me without air bag protection or else uncomfortable. Had I known this in advance, I would not have purchased this vehicle. Not all people are the same height (I'm 5'3"...not all that short) and if Kia was putting in this system, they should have made the front passenger seat height adjustable...doesn't have to be electric, just adjustable in height. It is an unsafe condition which you have no knowledge of until you read the owner's manual....a manual you don't have access to until after you've purchased the car. It needs to be corrected.

- League City, TX, USA

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