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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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2012 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 122014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


I was exiting the highway onto a median divided street that runs East/West. I was stopped at the light, in a double turn lane, once the light turned green I proceeded to turn West going about 5 mph, immediately I was hit by a woman to the left of me in the parallel turn lane in my front driver side quarter panel. Her car hit at nearly a 90 degree angle with enough impact to rock the Sportage, it buckled the hood and knocked off several of the grill panels. Not until I moved the car and exited did I realize that there was a third car involved that impacted the car that hit me driving her into my car with enough force that her windows shatter and bent her front wheel in. Her airbags employed in her vm jetta convertible, in addition, to the roll bars deploying. I am concerned that none of my front and/or side airbags deployed during the crash. My passenger and myself sustained bruising from the impact and seat belt restraint. Why didn't the bags deploy" it would appear they are defective"

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 152014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I was pulling out into traffic and did not see a car due their headlights were not on. We hit and none of my air back deployed the whole front of my car was smashed and I hit my head on the door jam and my vehicle has side air bags also. I have contacted Kia and initially got a case # and stuff. The case # is [xxx]. I did received one mess from them requestion stuff but they did not leave any kindof return # or any fax # or email for me to send the requested information back too. I have called Kia approx. Three times a wk with no answers or return calls today I called and was able to get a fax #. I was perfectly healthy prior to my wreck now I have to take pain meds to make it through the day and I can not do house work or pick up my tow year old. Someone should look into why the air bags did not deploy. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Indpls, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 032013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I swerved to hit a deer, hit the deer then went in to the ditch and drove head on into a tree. The airbags did not deploy, and I am wondering why.

- Hudson, WI, USA

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