really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,082 miles

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2007 Kia Optima seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Kia Optima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Jul 042014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Light turned on for air bag while turn vehicle on. No accident. Called Kia on this issue. And explained to them that there was a recall on this before SC0094. And they stated that they were sorry but that campaign is over. So they showed no concern on airbag safety. Updated 3/18/2015.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 122013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. The contact stated that his vehicle was repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number: 12V014000 (air bags) but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #14

Apr 062012

Optima 4-cyl

  • 89,933 miles
Air bag SRS light stays on.... talked to dealer.. they said Kia haven't recall this part yet. The passenger air bag senor in the seat need to be reset. Vehicle can't pass inspection.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #13

May 032013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 80,100 miles


Air bag light came on/ would not go in gear.

- Branchland, WV, USA

problem #12

Oct 262012

Optima 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I have already taken my Optima to the dealer for this recall already and they fixed the recall the first time, but I took it again last week for the same thing and now they are telling me that I have to pay for a diagnostic fee so they can tell me what the problem is ? the problem is that the dealer wants to charge me for something that they know what it is and it is a defect and they want me to pay for it. This a recall and they need to fix it and not me pay for it....

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

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problem #11

Oct 252012


  • 130,000 miles
Air bag dash board light came on. Before this the passenger sensor would be hit or miss. Dealership says there is a short in the sensor in the passenger seat cushion and it needs to be replaced for $1400. It cost me $60 just for them to tell me about this problem. There are way too many other people having the same issue for this to be ok.

- Galesburg, MI, USA

problem #10

Oct 132010

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles


How many people must lose their lives in order for the government to issue a mandatory inspection of Kia manufacturing plants regarding air bag failures. I own two Kia vehicles and both of them have the main air bag light illuminated on the dash. A recent visit to the dealer added insult to injury when they indicated that it would cost $1500 to replace a passenger seat due to a internal short of the OCS/mat airbag system. This is not acceptable. My wife and daughter are driving vehicles with airbag failures from day one of purchase. Kia must be standing in line for future lawsuits.

- Fischer, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 282011


  • 63,000 miles
At 63,000 miles, the red airbag light came on and stayed illuminated. Took it to the dealer, and they said the adult/child sensor needed to be replaced or neither front airbag would work. Estimate was $1,600 prepaid. Prior to this, no problem with airbag sensors in this vehicle.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #8

Oct 192011


  • 40,533 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. The contact stated the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The dealer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,533 and the current mileage was 40,353.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 062011

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Kia Optima air bag warning light stay on and will not go out until the engine is shutoff. There have been numerous of complaints to Kia concerning this problems.this is a safety issue and Kia needs to fix the problems. NHTSA please investigated Kia air bag warning light problems.

- Lizella , GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 152010


  • 55,000 miles


I have a Kia Optima 2007, I bought it brand new in 2007. The air bag light is on and they have not fixed it under warranty at all. Also the engine light has come on and they will not fix that as well. I have had to change the rotors on the car only a year into driving it. The air bags will not deploy in the event there is a crash which is a danger to me and my kids. I have tried to reason with Kia and they want nothing to do with me at all.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 282010


  • miles
My 2007 Kia Optima seems to be having issues with the driver side airbag and randomly with the radio/cruise control setting on the steering wheel. My problems did not appear to start until after the steering column was replaced back in October of 2009 due to the noises that was coming from it. The air bag light has recently come on and stays on. One dealer said that the code that they were getting is that clock spring in the steering column need to be replaced again and would not be covered. Another dealer states that they are not getting any codes and the air bag would need to be replaced at $1200. The noise from the steering column can still be heard and I was told that it is the bearing in the steering column and there is nothing that they can do about that. The issues with the controls on the steering wheel is random and the dealer states that it never duplicates for them. Now that the warranty period is over I would have to pay out of pocket even though some of the issues started before the warranty was out and it was supposed to be noted in their system. Kia headquarters open up a case with no resolution other than no of the dealers called their helpdesk for help or made any claims of my issues. They suggested they I take the car back and have the dealer call them and reference the case number. I have check to see if there has been in recalls on my particular vehicle and it appears to have not been any. Although there have been other Kia owners to post this same issues on the internet and basically have the same results there are still no recalls. Just the dealers try this and that. The owners paying for what supposed to be the resolution to the problem and it really is not. The problem may go away for a while and then shortly return. It is more like getting the run around with wasted time and money.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

May 012010


  • 75,000 miles
Purchased my Kia Optima new in 07.. for the past 5 months the dashboard air bag sensor has been on. I called the dealership, they said there is nothing they can do for it and that more than likely its just the sensor and the air bags should deploy when they are suppose to.. I also was told that if the light is on that means the air bags are not going to deploy. So basically there is nothing anyone can do and who knows if it is going to work!

- Highlands, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 262008

Optima 6-cyl

  • 14,851 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. The vehicle was parked with a passenger occupying the vehicle when the air bag warning light illuminated. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure persisted and when the contact would shut off the engine and restarted the vehicle, the light would shut off. The failure persisted intermittently. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer seven times. Two new seat bottoms were reprogrammed for the front passenger's seat in order to correct the failure. The failure mileage was 14,851 and the current mileage was 23,013. Updated 08/11/10. Updated 08/17/10

- Wrightstown, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 112007


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator would illuminate intermittently. The failure occurred 75% of the time and he could never determine when it would illuminate or dim. He took the vehicle to the dealer four times within two years, but they could never duplicate the failure and provide a remedy. The manufacturer stated that they would collect service records and get back with him. The current mileage was approximately 11,800 and failure mileage was approximately 100.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #1

Oct 242008


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle slid and struck a guardrail while avoiding another vehicle. The roads were wet due to rainy conditions. After striking the rail, the front end slid and the passenger side was damaged. None of the air bags deployed. The vehicle had to be towed to a shop and was considered to be destroyed by the insurance company. The contact stated that due to the severity of the crash, the air bags should have deployed and may have failed due to a defect in the vehicle. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 33,000. Updated 11-25-08

- Orlando, FL, USA

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