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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,500 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 #2

Mar 052013


  • 104,000 miles


The seat belt buckle housing fell apart and with it, the inner workings of the buckle stopped working. No abuse or misuse was involved. We got into the car one day, buckled the buckle and the housing fell apart. It would still buckle for a few days, then all of a sudden it won't accept the seat belt anymore so we had to replace the buckle with a used part from a junk yard. I've read this with a lot of Kia Spectras, and it should be recalled.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #1

Aug 172012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I was driving on hwy 40 E approaching exit 153 in heavy rainfall. Approximately 0.25 miles from the exit the truck already on the exit ahead of me began applying its brakes. Pre-braking measures were taken. The wheels locked up and I collided with the truck in front of me and flew forward into the steering wheel. I had been braking the entire time, but my seat-belt did not lock into place. My airbag did not deploy. I suffered bruising, severe headaches, and minor cuts as a result. Insurance declared car as total loss.

- Statesville, NC, USA

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