hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,519 miles

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2003 Kia Sedona seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 152015


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that while attempting to buckle the seat belt, the second row seat belt anchor cables snapped off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Forsyth, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 312014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
I bought a used 2003 Kia Sedona with 136000 miles. The day after purchasing the vehicle, the SRS indicator light started staying lit on the dash. My mechanic found that the code was B1513, which indicated a problem with the passenger seat belt buckle (female end). They ordered that part new from Kia and replaced it (for a cost of $238). The indicator light did not display for about three weeks when it went on again. This time, the codes were B1511 and B1513, which indicates problems with both the diver and passenger buckles. My mechanic believes it is a wiring issue, and at this point we are not replacing the seatbelts, because I have no way of knowing that it would really resolve the issue. The cost to replace the SRS wiring is prohibitive (over $1000). I feel very unsafe in this vehicle, as no one can say for sure that my airbags will still deploy in case of an accident. It is very disappointing because the vehicle still drives very well. Kia should be more proactive about replacing/repairing faulty SRS components, even in older vehicles.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 242012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have a 2003 Kia Sedona and my 8 year old daughter went to buckle her seat belt, 2nd row drivers side, and the buckle part came off the seat. Upon inspection I found that the buckle was broke in the middle of the steel cable that holds the buckle to the seat, there is the buckle, cable, then bolts that hold the buckle to the base of the seat. I contacted Kia and was immediately told that it would be fixed at my expense since it was out of warranty. I was told that there were no recalls and there would be nothing they could or would do. I took the van to my dealer and they had never seen anything like it, they spoke to their district manager and were told the same thing, my expense. After the dealer visit I inspected the rest of the buckles only to find that the other 2nd row seat belt is wearing through the steel cable and the front passenger belt is broke through the wires and part of the steel cable. Kia called this morning to inform me that they had spoke with the district manager and was told that the seat belt buckle failed due to wear and tear. The only people to look at the buckle were the service tech's and they just looked at, the manager never saw the buckle. I have an estimate of $401.64 for the repairs. I am the only owner and purchased the vehicle new, in November 2003, after my twins were 3 months old. I also had a daughter at the time that was 6. the only people to sit in those seats are children, now 9 and 15. The car seats, when needed, were secured with the tethers. Is there anything that I can do? Kia is being very short with me and don't seem to want to help me other than telling me there is no warranty.

- Greendale, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 052006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the seat belt on the passenger"S side third row seat seized and would not release the passenger. The seat belt had to be cut from around the passenger. In addition, the contact stated that the seat belt for the third row seat on the driver"S side recently failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the seat belt. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 100,000. Updated 06/06/12 the consumer has stated that only the first seat belt was replaced not the second. The air bag light its on. Updated 06/07/12

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 152010

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Seat belts (female part) the piece that you snap the seat belt into, broke totally off all the way. Not 1 but 2 seat belts in my van has done this. And not only that the door handles broke off on the outside and inside. I've called Kia to report these problems and they want me to pay for all this. Seems like the last thing that should brake (shouldn't brake at all!) is the seat belts! the door handles is one thing but the seat belts!

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

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problem #2

Jan 032009


  • 123,632 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Kia Sedona. While driving various speeds, the contact noticed that the seat belt came apart and was not properly securing her child seat. The clip that enters the latch on the seat belt was the part that failed. She also noticed that the other seat belts in her vehicle were beginning to fail in the same manner. The dealer has not been notified. The failure mileage was 123,632. Updated 03/12/09. The seat belt clip that held the seat belt when latched, broke off. It was the part that was attached to the actual seat. The inside wires were frayed. Updated 03/16/09.

- Mcconnells, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 162008


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Kia Sedona. The contact noticed that her child safety seat would inappropriately move within the driver's side middle row seat when it was restrained by the safety belt. The seat belt would not retract properly, which left the child vulnerable to serious injury in the event of a crash. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that she would have to replace the entire seat belt unit. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000 and current mileage was 64,000.

- Diamond, IL, USA

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