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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,671 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 102010


  • 99,000 miles


The front passenger seat belt female fastener and assembly was found to be no longer secured to seat or car on further investigation it was found that the 1 bolt that holds the bracket to the vehicle had come fully out allowing the bracket to be pulled out.

- West Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 202007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
We have now had a second failure of the passenger side seat belt. It now lacks a retract, as well as a locking mechanism and is completely useless. Now also, two months out of warranty.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 122003

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 12 miles
While driving 30 to 40 mph vehicle was in involved in a crash, and air bags failed to deploy. Seat belt over the left shoulder released and failed to hold up as well. Consumer suffered large laceration across left eye.

- Modesto, CA, USA

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