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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,800 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.

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2001 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 082014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles


We were on our way to the hospital going 30mph, I reached down to pick up something off the passenger side floor( I was the passenger), when I heard a sound like breaking glass. We thought we had run over a glass object but when I turned to look back there was nothing there. I did notice that my seatbelt was no longer restraining me. The part that should have kept me safe, the seatbelt, had come completely out of its compartment. I know that if we had been in a wreck I would have gone through the windshield.

- Childress, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 012011

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the springs that held the seat belt in place fractured on two occasions. In March 2011, the front driver's seat belt spring fractured and was repaired by a private mechanic. The same failure occurred on the front passenger seat belt approximately nine months later. The manufacturer was aware of the failure, but did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 70,000. The consumer stated the front driver's seat belt retractor collapsed/broke and was repaired by a private mechanic. The same failure occurred with the front passenger's seat belt approximately six months later. The consumer stated no repairs have been made. Updated 02/29/12

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 112004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I bought mt 2001 Kia Sportage in 2003. It was a 2 door automatic soft top. The problems with the car started within months. First the "hold" light would come on and then while driving the care would stick in one gear. I could not slow down with out it stalling once the gears got stuck. I took it to the dealer, and the replaced the transmission. This did not fix the problem B/C it still happens even to this day and every place I take it to says that there is no problem. In 2005 everything started going downhill. The power windows dont work the cd player eats you cds and I get no reseption on the radio. Not to mention the seat belt light comes on all the time and continues to flash and beep even with your seat belt is on. The pasenger seatbelt does not stay clasped. The car will shut off while driving if I turn on the air. The air only blows on your feet. My car shakes violently it I go about 50 mph. The car makes a wierd chattering noise while driving. And the brakes have locked up for no reason. All of these things I have stated are true and I have taken my car to the dealership numerous of times and seem to get it "fixed" but something else happens before the month ends. I have had my car in the shop for more than 3 months total, and it still doesnt run properly. So far I have had the tramission replaced, the electrical harness, the master and rear cylinder(2X), wheel barring, alternater, started, batteries(4X),air vents, ad many other thing but I cant keep track of everything that goes wrong with this car. Im a college student that has a very limited income, and I cant wasted any more time and money dealing with this car that should last longer than I is. My first car was better tha this one and it was made in the 80's.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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

Sep 222001

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Over the span of the last 1 1/2 years I have had the following problems *rear seat belts locked up wouldn't loosen far enough to get my child out of the car. *front seat belts (both) would come open while the vehicle was in motion. *drivers side door wouldn't latch when trying to close it, had to jiggle the inside handle *spare tire arm wouldn't stay in the locked position when open. Still won't *four wheel drive wouldn't engage *lifter noise--collapsed lifter *head warped *check engine light had come on a few times holders (front and rear) fell apart *outside trim was fallling off.

- Ritzville, WA, USA

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