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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,040 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 #7

Jul 052010


  • miles


Used car dealer sold a car with electrical problems on 7/3/10. July 5, 2010, they fixed the back 2 windows causing car alarm to go off when you get in and when you get out, they disabled the car alarm now causing the air bag light to be on all the time, the door don't sound when you open it, the locks don't work the way they should, doom light don't work seat belt don't sound to remind you to put them on. Should you drive a vehicle when air bag light is on?

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #6

Apr 242005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
On April 24, 2005 columbus Ohio had poor weather conditions ;snow and icy rain. I was traveling on S.R. 104 exiting on high St. I applied pressure to the brakes and fish tailed my 2001 Kia Sportage. I hit the guard rail and the car rolled over. The front bumper had hit the guard rail and was actually off the car by the time I uprighted the vehicle again. The Kia Sportage is equipped with 3 airbags;the front driver front passenger and a driver knee airbag, none of which deployed. The passenger side door was off the car as well when I uprighted, and again, none of the airbags, including the passenger side deployed. My 2 year old son was also in the car, in a carseat in the back passenger side. He thankfully suffered no injury, but that part of the car recieved the least damage.

- Hebron, OH, USA

problem #5

May 082004


  • miles
I rear ended another car on the highway going approx. 10-15 miles an hour. The airbag sensor was smashed and neither airbags deployed. I was told in the beginning that the airbag misfired and went off inside the dashboard. Now they are unable to tell me wether the airbags deployed or not and they do not know if they are even going to fix them. I am livid!

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 192001


  • 103,280 miles


The vehicle was manufactured and sold to the consumer without air bags. Please provide additional information.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012002


  • Manual transmission
  • 14,000 miles
The vehicle veered to the right and flipped over three times. The air bags never deployed.

- Springville, UT, USA

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problem #2

Jun 162003

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Traveling at 60 mph, I hydroplaned and lost control of my 2001 Kia Sportage, impacting a barricade with the front of the vehicle. The air bags did not inflate and the seat belt did not keep me restrained allowing my head to impact the front windshield.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 312003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
I was driving a Kia Sportage 2001 and was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer. The impact was so great it broke the back support of my seat. The truck forced me into the vehicle in front of me so hard that I crumbled the trunk of that vehicle. In all 5 vehicles received damage. My vehicle was totaled. My seat broke and my airbags including a knee airbag did not deploy. I received whiplash to the neck and damage to my right leg. I feel that had my airbags deployed I would not have received the damage to my leg. Also I believe had my seat back support stayed upright I would not have received the injuries as bad.

- Ellijay, GA, USA

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