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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,500 miles

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2007 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


Airbags; frontal; sensor/control module: Passenger airbag seat sensor malfunction. The center console passenger seat airbag (yellow occupancy) on/off light would illuminate interment when passenger sat in passenger seat regardless of speed or motion, I.e., shortly after engine startup through shutdown (should have been no light illuminated with passenger in seat). The problem started mid July 2012 and continued intermittently over the next 6 months until the red airbag inoperative light (in the speedometer cluster) came on and remained illuminated in late Dec 2012. Aprox weight of three passengers who frequented the passenger seat over the 6 month period) were 135, 150 and 215 lbs respectively. Passenger (seat) airbag sensor malfunction was confirmed (diagnosed and isolated) by holmes automotive of fort walton beach fl, on 24 Dec 2012. Believe identical problem as NHTSA campaign id nbr 12V244000.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 062012


  • 90,000 miles
Experiencing same problem as below, believe that sensors are identical parts, request assistance to include all Kia models produced during this time period that are experiencing same problem. Problem verified by colonial Kia, colonial heights, va as seat sensor on 6 Jul 12. NHTSA has issued the following safety recall: Make: Kia model: Rio model year: 2007 manufacturer: Kia motors corporation mfr's report date: May 29, 2012 NHTSA campaign id number: 12V244000 NHTSA action number: N/a component: Air bags:frontal:sensor/control module.

- Chester, VA, USA

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