definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,015 miles

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2003 Kia Sedona seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 172005


  • miles


I have had my 2003 Kia Sedona a little over 2 years. I bought it new from a dealer. Since 2002, I have had problems with the front seat belt sensors, to the point both have had to be replaced. When this sensor does not operate properly, the "airbag needs servicing" light comes on. With that light on, the van will not pass inspection (va state inspection). The first time this happened, the dealership was out or stock of the replacement seatbelt assembly, but they gave me one from another car while we waited for my parts to come in. They never came in. Now, the 2nd one has gone bad, and I am still waiting for a part. Evidently, where the dearlership orders parts from Kia is out of stock of these items due to high volume of replacement. I am (1) concerned that so many of these are going bad that the company has run out of stock, and (2) worried that failure of this sensor could result in my airbag not working properly. I have now been waiting over 4 months for the replacement parts, and they are still not available from the dealer. This item is not covered by warranty, and it does not appear to be a recall item. But shouldn't a safety item like that cause a recall since it involves personal safety and the passive restraint operation" and if that many are failing, doesn't that cause concern from the nhtsb"

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 202005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,750 miles
Third time I am having my seat belt buckle replaced due to airbag lamp being on. They just keep replacing faulty part with another faulty part, this third time, only took two days for light to come back on. I have also been told in the meantime my airbags are inactive. This problem needs to be addressed and recalled, not just replaced. I do not feel safe.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 162004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,295 miles
I've had many problems with my 2003 Kia Sedona. The emergency brake has never been right. The brakes were replaced at 13K miles, again at 24K miles (front & back) and I'm sure they need to be replaced again at 40K miles. At 22K miles I took the van to the shop for brakes only to be told that both wheel bearings, the left strut (they refused to replace both struts since it was warranty but if I was paying for the repairs they would recomend replacing in pairs) and the power steering pump was going out (which the manager said he was doing me a favor by telling me about). I have also complained of the A/C taking forever to cool down, had a sensor replaced for the gas tank after the check engine light came on and service to the drivers seatbelt. Then yesterday during a storm I went through a puddle about 4 or 5 inches deep which splashed water on my van for a couple of seconds and about 50 feet down the road the van died and could not be restarted. Upon having it towed to the Kia dealer I was told that my airfilter had gotten wet and that there was "dish soap" in my airfilter which would be considered customer damage and not covered by warranty. I also complained about more noises coming from the front and a grinding noise when I begin acceleration in low gears. They requested I make an appointment for service on those issues. In addition, I purchased this vehicle on 4/23/03, when I tried to file a complaint about my service on the wheel bearing, etc with Kia they had no record of me ever purchasing this van. Apparently in their minds my van was sold to someone else on 2/27/03. This means if there is ever a recal or service notice sent out I would not receive them. In addition they had my warranty expiration date set at 2/27/03. I spoke with several people concerning this issue and was assured that this would immediately be corrected, however yesterday when I called for assistance I was told that the van was still listed as being sold to another person.

- Acworth, GA, USA

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