Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,000 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.

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Air bag light warning light on the instrument panel came on, and mechanic diagnosed it as a faulty sensor in the front passenger seat (error code B1448 - OCS mat defective), and said that the bottom portion of the front passenger seat needed to be replaced (at a cost of $1,600). This is the same defect for which 06-08 Kia rio's were recalled (NHTSA campaign number: 12V244000). The recall should be extended to include similar model year Kia Spectras - there are a similar number of NHTSA complaints regarding airbags for the 06 Kia Spectra as 06 Kia rio. Problem was resolved by replacing the front passenger seat with one from an 04 Kia Spectra from an auto salvage yard.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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