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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,980 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.

2002 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 052005

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,861 miles

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

The contact stated that while driving at 40 vehicle wa sinvolved in a collision and air bags did not deploy. Someone pulled out in front of the contact's vehicle and sit hit the other vehicle. There were not lights on the dashboard to indicate the air bags would not deploy. Dealer did not say anything about the air bags to her. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Police came and a report was taken.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 282004

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
While driving 35-40 mph vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Gardiner, ME, USA

problem #5

Jan 062004

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Upon impact air bags deployed with such force that the under frame of the dashboard detached from the body of the vehicle. When this occurred, it broke an occupant's ankle and foot. Dealer indicated it was not his problem, and urged consumer to call the manufacturer.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 132003

Sportage

  • miles

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

Consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision while traveling approximately 65mph, and neither front driver's/ passenger's or "knee" air bags deployed.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 022002

Sportage

  • miles
While traveling about 55mph on the highway. Without prior warning a deer ran in front of the vehicle. The consumer hit the deer. The dual airbags didn't deploy please provide additional information.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

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problem #2

Sep 222002

Sportage

  • miles
While driving the vehicle at 30 mph, consumer has an frontal accident and the air bags didn't deploy. Dealer has been notified.

- Jacksonville, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 142002

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 15mph and coming off the off ramp on the highway, another vehicle was coming towards the consumer and collided with consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, airbags did not go off. Dealership was aware of problem. One person was injured in the accident.

- Soudertos, PA, USA

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