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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,114 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.

2007 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 152015


  • miles


One morning, the vehicle was stationary on my drive way. I have noticed my car airbag yellow light is on and it has been on since December 15, 2015. I know its a safety issue and I am worried about it. I feel it may be a default on the airbag.

- Corpus Christi,, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 012015

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Air bag light came on and passenger air bag light was blinking on and off. I took my car to the dealership and was told that there was a material defect in the seat belt tensioner connected to the wiring harness. They said that if I were to get into an accident that my airbags may not deploy. I have the best extended warranty that you can buy and they will not cover the replacement of the wiring harness because it has to do with the safety restraint system. This is absolutely ridiculous and unsafe!!! how is this not a recall when it is a material defect and is directly related to the safety of the vehicle? I have researched online and found that many other people are having the issue of their air bag light being on and little do they know that it's linked to this whole problem. This is not an isolated issue and from what I found there are many cases of the airbags not deploying in the case of an accident which is probably due to the same material defect. Update 9/15/15 the consumer no longer owns the vehicle. Updated 10/15/15

- Tumwater, WA, USA

problem #5

Mar 222014


  • 31,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The front passenger seat sensor also illuminated while a passenger was occupying the seat; the air bag light would also intermittently shut on and off. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer diagnosed the seat belt tension sensor, and various other unknown sensors. The dealer also mention that the passenger air bag light was up to code and it was normal for the light to intermittently turn off and on if the occupant was moving in the seat. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 31,400.

- Sienna Vista, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jan 032014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles


My Kia Sportage air bag light on the driver side won't come on for a few seconds. It won't come on at all. I have read other people complaints about their air bag light. There is a problem and it needs to be recalled. Kia dealership need to stop putting it on the owners expense. My husband spoke to someone at the Kia dealership concerning the air bag light and he was told they need to put it on a machine to analyst the problem. I'm sure they already know about this problem " to analyst it is going to cost us some money. Why ??"

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 032012

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bag lights will not turn off when driver and/or passenger are seated in the vehicle.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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problem #2

Apr 152011

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Airbag light comes on. Driver's belt switch was replaced. Air bag light back on again.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #1

Nov 292008


  • 20,400 miles
2007 Kia Sportage hydroplaned, skidded off the road and flipped 2-3 times, landing on its wheels. The car was damaged on all sides, front and rear. The car is equipped with 8 air bags and not one deployed. The driver door opened and was mangled during the occurrence. This is a serious safety issue with this vehicle.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

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