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1.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,500 miles

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2007 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012015

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles

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

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 #1

Jan 262015

Sportage

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side seat belts continuously retracted while latched and failed to remain in place. The seat belts failed to hold the occupant in place. In addition, the contact noticed that the air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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