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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,100 miles

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2006 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 172011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The air bag warning light came on for the first time after very cold weather in January 2011. When weather warmed up in the spring, the light went out. January 2012 when it became cold again, the light came back on again. Now the light is on 99% of the time. It rarely ever goes out.... this is the same thing that is covered by the Kia optima 2006-2008 recall 12V014000....updated 09/28/15

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 262008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Spectra. While driving 70 mph, the contact crashed into a rock. Only the passenger front air bag deployed. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop and the crash was reported to her insurance Agency. The contact sustained minor bruises and cuts. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. Updated 01-26-09 updated 01/26/09. 8jb

- Kamuela, HI, USA

problem #2

Jul 252008


  • 25,600 miles
I had a near-frontal crash in my 2006 Kia Spectra in which the front airbag did not deploy. Speed at time of crash is estimated to be between 40-50 mph. The front-left part of my hood was struck by a turning vehicle. The airbag in the other vehicle did deploy.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 162007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles
- the contact stated that in her 2006 Kia Spectra the front passenger airbag light works intermittently. The speed of the vehicle was not a factor, neither was the weight of the passenger. The contact has taken the vehicle to the dealer who ran the vehicle through diagnostic testing and concluded that the airbag worked. The dealer has told the contact there is nothing they can do. The failure mileage was 2800. Updated 03/02/07.

- Orland, CA, USA

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