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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,200 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 182004

Spectra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


On a front slightly left inpact to my vehicle, my air bag failed to deploy. I was wearing my seatbelt.I was traveling 55 mph, I hit my head on the steering wheel causing a rather large bump and bruise. I have pain turning my neck and in my shoulders and will seek medical attention for this.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #4

Aug 272002


  • miles
Airbag malfunction resulted in severe neck & back damage causing immediate chiropractic care.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 082002


  • miles
While driving at 50mph was iinvolved in a frontal collison and none of the air bags deployed.driver was injured.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

May 262002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit a guardrail at 65 mph, and neither airbag deployed. Driver suffered minor injuries. Vehicle was totalled.

- Jourdantown, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 172001


  • miles
Vehicle hit a deer and neither airbag deployed. Consumer hit head on steering wheel and windshield, sustaining neck/back and knee injuries. As tow truck hooked vehicle up, both airbags deployed. Damage to vehicle was $ 8000.

- Lake Bay, WA, USA

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