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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,692 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #13

Nov 012007

Sportage

  • miles

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

2001 Kia Sportage with no airbag. Customer stated that the dealership took the driver side airbag out before they sold the vehicle. The consumer realized the air bag was missing when she went to use the horn and found the leather was not firm, and when she pressed harder, it left a circular indentation where the air bag should have been.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #12

Nov 232002

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Was traveling about 35 mph. Two vehicles in front of me collided and then both slid into me head on. Damage to my vehicle was in excess of $5,000. Neither air bag deployed. Driver and front passenger sustained minor soft tissue injuries.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #11

Apr 142004

Sportage

  • 60,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph consumer's vehicle was hit on the front passenger's side by a vehicle going 55 mph. Upon impact, none of the frontal air bags deployed. Driver sustained a broken angle, a sprained wrist, and possible head injuries.

- Whitehall, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 292003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

I was stopped behind two cars waiting to make a left hand turn. I was rearended by a man going approximately 50mph at impact, I was slammed in to the person in front of me, and she hit the person in front of her knocking that SUV in to on coming traffic. All four cars were totalled and everyone's airbags went off except for mine. My face took out the visor and hit the steering wheel. The front seats reclined at impact as well.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #9

May 282002

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer states that while traveling at 40 mph, consumer hit a deer on the front passenger side of vehicle. Consumer states further down the road hit another deer on drivers side and none of the airbags deployed.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

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problem #8

Nov 142001

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle crashed into the front end of another vehicle and both airbags failed to deploy, consumer suffered from soft tissue damage, cervical lumbar sprain, numbness of left arm, and stiffness of upper and lower back.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 172002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Front collision at 6 mph, impact was on front right. Neither airbag deployed, damage to vehicle was $ $6500, consumer suffered light injuries.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #6

Nov 212001

Sportage

  • miles
While driving approximately 35 mph vehicle was involved in a full frontal crash. Both frontal air bags failed to deploy, resulting in injury to driver. Vehicle has not been examined to determine cause of failure. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #5

Nov 142001

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle crashed into the front end of another vehicle and both airbags failed to deploy, consumer suffered from soft tissue damage, cervical lumbar sprain, numbness of left arm, and stiffness of upper and lower back.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 252001

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 60mph on highway and vehicle skidded on some black ice into metal rail. Then, spinned and swerved three or more times, and then stopped. Upon impact, airbags didn't go off at all.

- Redman, WA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012001

Sportage

  • miles

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

Front driver and passenger airbags, failed to deploy after consumer was involved in a roll over crash. Dealer has yet to be contatced.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 282001

Sportage

  • miles
While traveling at 55 to 60 mph another vehicle suddenly stopped, causing a chain reaction of accidents. Consumer's vehicle front/ rear end, and sidways was hit. None of front airbags deployed. Please provide any further informati0N.

- N. Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #1

May 082001

Sportage

  • miles
While travling at 35-40 mph and running into a tree head-on air bags did not deploy. Has not contacted dealer.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

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