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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 1
Average Mileage:
38,355 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.

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2004 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 082011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

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

Frontal impact at about 40 mph. None of the airbags deployed. Suffered strained neck.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #5

Jul 022008

Spectra

  • 70,000 miles
Front end collision, airbag did not deploy. 2004 Kia Spectra. It was hit by a truck at approx. 55 mph in the left front corner pushing everything into the motor area and the airbag did not deploy.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #4

May 142008

Spectra

  • 50,719 miles
Kia air bags did not deploy during front crash impact of about 40 mph.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 052005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

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

I had no indication that my seat belt or airbag were faulty. While driving at 40 mph I struck a car that turned left directly in front of me. My seat belt failed to lock and I was lifted out of the seat and hit my head, shoulder, and hip on the left side of my car. The airbag did not inflate. The insurance adjuster could not believe that the airbag didn't inflate considering the force of the impact.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 132004

Spectra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The consumer's attorney stated that during a frontal crash the airbags did not deploy. There was a front end collision into three cement culverts. There was a police report filed. The consumer's son was driving and he passed away. A lawsuit was filed against the manufacturer, but they did not have any information as to why the airbags did not deploy.

- Salado, TX, USA

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problem #1

Sep 272004

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,312 miles
On an impact with another vehicle on the front end of this new car at approximately 40 miles and hour, the air bag on the drivers side failed to deploy.

- Bristol, TN, USA

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