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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 212002


  • miles


While traveling and without prior warning a deer appeared in the street. To avoid him, consumer swerved and hit an enbankment. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Consumers seat belt popped causing consumer to lurch forward and and hit her head. Consumer sustained multiple injuries.

- Rainier, OR, USA

problem #2

Feb 072000


  • miles
Seat belts were cut out of car by dealer.

- Losvegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Mar 251999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Front windshield has air leaks & at high speeds the wind is annoying. The front passenger seat belt locks into place as soon as the passenger clamps into place. One doesn't have to press brake peddle for it to tighten around person. When driving and particularly engaging the clutch to down shift the gear linkage disengages and the gears can't be located especially in second, third or fourth gears and because of such has almost caused three crashes. We had this checked by the dealer and they said they found nothing wrong with the gear shifting mechanism. I beg to differ because I drive that car every day and I've driven many manual shift transmissions cars and I believe that after driving for sometime (I.e., one to two hours) the transmission heats up and causes problems with gear selection.

- Washington, DC, USA

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