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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,500 miles

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2001 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 242013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • miles


My daughter struck another vehicle from behind with her car. The upon impact the car air bags did not deploy. Her chest hit the steering very hard. She ended up with chest, neck and shoulder severe pain. The front end was severely damage. Radiator fluid was everywhere.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 242013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained bruising and severe pain from the seat belt restraining her neck and chest area. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 140,000. Updated 9/17/13

- Greenboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 212004

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I was involved in a rear end collision causing my car to be slammed into another vehicle in front of me. My airbags did not deploy, the drivers seat back broke. I have received a lower back injury, shoulder and arm injury, and head injury. The car was totaled, so there are no repairs to be done. This is not the only time this has happened in this model vehicle. Through searching the internet, I have found others that this has happened to, (seat back failure) and I do know there is a suit pending in the state of fl. I am sure the manufacturer is aware of this problem in this model vehicle, ( since there is a suit pending) yet they have not made strides to rectify the situation.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001


  • miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently when starting vehicle. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Dinyba, CA, USA

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