really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,281 miles

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2004 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 112010

Optima 4-cyl

  • 82,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Optima. The contact was traveling at speeds of 15 mph in rainy weather. The vehicle ahead of him stopped suddenly. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle and crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The air bags did not deploy upon impact. The contact was injured. A police report was filed. The contacts vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 82,500.

- Kenosha , WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 152006


  • 50,000 miles
Hello I have a few issues with my 2004 Kia Optima that I have been unable to get resolved. The 1st is my air bag light is constantly on. I took the car into the shop for this while it was under warranty and was told that it was fixed. The light came back on and now the car is no longer under warranty. I was told that in order to have it fixed I have to spend a couple hundred dollars to have my passenger seat removed and some wires would have to be spliced to correct the issue. I'm not comfortable paying to have a problem fixed that should have already been fixed and the response I get as to the solution involves splicing of wires for my air bag. I have been on several websites and heard multiple complaints about the same issue with this year/model. Issue #2 involves my headlights. I have owned my car since I purchased it in 2005. I have blown at least 5 sets of headlights in the vehicle. This is sets and not just bulbs. My most recent one has blown and has not even been installed for 3 months. In order to get this fixed I will have to take it to the shop and spend almost $100 just to have somebody test the system and tell me what's wrong and then pay to get it fixed. It has been bad enough that once they both blew at the same time and left me with no headlights at all except for my high beams. I have also seen multiple complaints about this issue also with this make/model. If somebody could please take a look at these issues and assist me with getting them addressed. My car currently will not pass an inspection due to the airbag light being on.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 302005

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,343 miles
The airbag warning light was intermittently. The consumer had taken vehicle to the dealership to be repaired five times. The dealership was unable to fix the problem. On September 30, 2005 the front passenger's side airbag deployed without a cause. The vehicle was parked when the air bag deployed. The sound from the airbag had given the driver a headache. The cause was still unknown..

- Atlanita , GA, USA

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