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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,809 miles

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2009 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

May 122016

Sportage

  • miles

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

The airbag light is on and after taking it to a authorized Kia dealership, they said the error code indicated high resistance and that the airbag was defective and needs to be repaced

- Valley Park, MO, USA

problem #4

Jul 242015

Sportage

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the passenger's side air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #3

Nov 042014

Sportage

  • 57,047 miles
This is my 82 year old mother in law car she says the air bag light keeps coming on and staying on so she took it to the dealer they charged her $150 to look at it. This was on Nov 4 2014 the car had only 57047 miles on it. So in March it started doing it again so on March 27 2015 she goes to the dealer this time they didn't charge her but told her it would cost $2,600 dollars to fix. The car only has 59312 miles on it. She is freaked out scared to drive her car and is on fixed income. The two codes they found were (B1489 OCS matt defect) and (B1495 belt tension sensor). My son says he thinks that the Kia rio had the same problem and got recalled. I will give my info not my mothers thank you

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 142014

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Air bag light came on for know reason. To it to the dealer charged me$100 to "look at it". the repair would cost $2500. Can't afford to fix it, appears many others have the same problem.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010

Sportage

  • 0 miles
At times while driving down the highway, the passenger side air bag will disengage itself because of movement in the seat. So, I end up pulling over and restart the car so that the light on the dash, telling me the air bag isn't set, resets to the on position. Sometimes I may not notice it right away. It has happened numerous times. After reporting it to the dealership twice, they keep telling me that not only can they not make it more sensitive, but that the passenger must sit properly in their seat. Over time, people tend to shuffle about in their seat and therefore I found that it is impossible to expect someone to sit still for a long drive.I have been told to ask the passenger to reposition themselves in their seat and the air bag will reset, sometimes it does, but for the most part, I end up pulling the car over and restarting the engine. As, you can imagine, it has not only been a distraction on the highway, but also a big pain in the [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Homosassa , FL, USA

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