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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,992 miles

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2009 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Kia Spectra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #63

Oct 162016

Spectra

  • 112 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger air bag off indicator light is illuminated when person is sitting in the seat.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #62

Aug 012016

Spectra

  • 106,000 miles
The airbag light is constantly on now on my dash near my speedometer. It also illuminates on the passenger side as 'on' and 'off' while my husband is sitting there. This has been going on for about a month now for the driver's dash light, and 2 months for the passenger airbag indicator. I've owned this car for 2 years, no accidents, and now a legally required safety feature appears to be malfunctioning. That is a horrible investment, and should not be legally ok.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #61

Jul 012016

Spectra

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. While driving 60 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. Prior to the crash, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The contact sustained head and shoulder injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #60

Feb 062016

Spectra

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When commuting on a freeway going the speed limit (65) approaching a bend, a car suddenly appeared around the bend that was broken down in the left lane. Unable to swerve because of a large truck next to me, I slammed on my brakes, only to hit ice and begin spinning uncontrollably on the freeway. Finally, the car hit completely head on into a concrete barrier and the seat belts locked up, causing a giant bruise from the impact, but even at the speed of hitting this concrete barrier, the airbags did not deploy at all. The car has since been totalled and taken away, but I fear for others safety that this may be an issue with other Kia Spectras.

- Graham, WA, USA

problem #59

Apr 042016

Spectra

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA action number: PE15031 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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problem #58

Jul 062015

Spectra

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #57

Feb 012016

Spectra

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat sensor malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #56

Dec 032015

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 96,755 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the air bag warning light. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer, who stated that the OCS mat failed and needed to be replaced. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic, who confirmed that the OCS mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,755. Updated 04/04/16

- Strasburg, VA, USA

problem #55

Jan 152016

Spectra

  • 60,000 miles
Air bag light is on constantly, 60000 miles on car. After reading all complaints associated with this issue it seems to me it is a manufacturer issue and a recall needs to be issued to repair problem.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #54

Dec 262015

Spectra

  • 127,957 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the passenger sensor mat and seat belt circuit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,957.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #53

Feb 092015

Spectra

  • 108,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The light went on as the vehicle passed 100K miles. The light started blinking as the car was in motion. Not for long, the light remained on since then. Went to a dealership and they estimated more than 2K usd to replace the front seat. They explained that the sensor mat is attached to the seat and to replace it they need to replace the whole seat. This is a major safety issue and I have no doubts that this is a manufacturing malfunction that should be addressed by this Kia due to the overwhelming reporting on the same issue and the poor design that caused the maintenance price to be so high (almost half the price of the vehicle).

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #52

Feb 092015

Spectra

  • 108,000 miles
The airbag light is on. I went to a Kia dealership and they said they need to replace the front passenger seat and gave me an estimate cost of +2000 usd. After doing my search I found that there are so many people out there with the same problem. The problem started as while the car was in motion, the aribag light started blinking for a while and then remained on. It is a manufacturing malfunction that is causing the whole aribag system to not do its work. The cost is too expensive for me to handle and I believe the company should fix it.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #51

Jan 122016

Spectra

  • 57,000 miles
Passenger side airbag remains "off" even when occupied. Took to dealer and was told it would be $1900 to replace the entire seat which is where the sensor is kept. Blue book value of the car is not even $5000, seems ridiculous to spend that much for an entire seat when the whole car is barely worth that much! as a serious safety concern I feel like Kia should be doing something about this

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #50

Jan 012014

Spectra

  • 90,000 miles
Shortly after purchase (bought it used), air bag light came on and passenger seat sensor began working erratically. Was told it would be over $1500 to fix, thought I was a victim of bad luck but read the other complaints on here that seem to indicate it's a recurring problem with this model of Kia. Was told airbags will not work until this is fixed.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #49

Jan 052016

Spectra

  • miles
The pass. Air bag light comes on with a little weight on the seat. I was told the problem will cost $1800 to fix and there is no re-call on this. Also they said none of the air bags will work until fixed. A large number of people have or had this problem.

- Manistee, MI, USA

problem #48

Dec 012015

Spectra

  • 53,000 miles
Airbag light came on and stayed on. Took the car to the Kia dealership, hooked it up to the computer, it was the OCS sensor mat. Is going to cost $1000-$2000 for a new seat with a new osc! the car only has about 53,000 miles and the passenger seat isn't/ hasn't been used often, as this is primarily a car that I drive to work and back by myself, alone. Of course it isn't under warranty! this should be a recall Kia! safety needs to matter!

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #47

Jun 152014

Spectra

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag warning sensor illuminated continuously and caused the passneger seat to malfunction. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor and the passenger seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Richfield, WA, USA

problem #46

Dec 072015

Spectra

  • miles
My airbag light would not turn off so I took the car to a Kia dealer. I was told that I would need to replace the passenger seat to the tune of over 2 grand! I then contacted the Kia company directly to ask for their assistance. After waiting a week for the promised 48 hour call back I was told there would be no assistance and they took no responsibility for the failure even though I rarely have anyone riding in the passenger seat. They also could not tell me whether the airbag would deploy or not if someone was riding in the passenger seat.

- Ridgefield, WA, USA

problem #45

Nov 022015

Spectra

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. While the vehicle was parked, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the occupant classification system failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #44

Oct 122015

Spectra

  • 25,000 miles
Air bag warning light on. Car has only 25,000 miles but out of warrantee. Dealer wants $109. Just to scan it. Multi complaints online.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

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