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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1997 Kia Sephia

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1997 Kia Sephia, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02051

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Buckle Assembly

    Summary: Alleged that the driver side safety belt buckle may "false latch" and expose driver to unrestrained movement during a crash

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