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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,251 miles

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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 #1

Aug 072005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,251 miles


There was no indication prior to the accident that there was anything wrong with the driver's seat belt. My husband and I were in an accident, I was in the front passenger's seat and he was driving. My seat belt locked and his didn't allowing him to be thrown into the steering wheel, this left him with a severely bruised ribcage. The seat belts were both replaced as part of the damages to the car. I was told by the dealership that this is standard procedure after an accident. The driver's seat belt obviously did not work properly, and I feel that it should have since I have only owned the car a little longer than a year.

- New Market, TN, USA

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