really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 1
Average Mileage:
49,417 miles

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2001 Kia Sephia seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #4

May 042012


  • 136,000 miles


I was on my way to college when I hit a patch of wet road, when I tried to correct the slide, the right side grabbed and put me into a spin over both lanes and I hit the left side guard rail head on at approx. 45mph. Air bags didn't deploy for either side. Car is almost worth fixing but I will never drive that metal deathtrap again. This is my first and absolutely the last Kia I will ever buy.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #3

Mar 282009


  • miles
On March 28, 2009, my daughter was a passenger in a 2001 Kia Sephia that lost control in the rain doing about 50 mph, went down an embankment & ravine on its side, started to overturn, when it slammed into a tree. The roof on this car then collapsed onto my daughters head causing such severe head trauma and swelling in her brain, along with many many other injuries that she did not survive the crash. Why did this happen? the airbags did not deploy! ! ! how many different areas of the car need to be hit before the airbags deploy! she was wearing her seatbelt. If the airbags had deployed like they should have, she would probably be with me today. She was only 21 years old and had everything to live for. This *#>*^$ car killed my only daughter! ! ! how many deaths have to happen before Kia gets the message and does something to prevent it. These cars do not need to be in the U.S.a. Kia has been getting reports since 2001 that the airbags on this car fail to deploy. They are guilty of criminal negligence! ! help!

- Wildwood, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 172004

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was in an accident on the below date at 730pm.there was myself and my daughter in my 2001 Kia Sephia and we hit a tree after losing control on icy road.the car was a total loss but yet neither airbag was deployed. I feel that you and other consumers should be aware that there might be a defect in the airbags, considering the vechicle was a total loss and per the owners manual there was no speed limit in which they would deploy.I have pictures showing the total destruction of the vechicle and the proof that the airbags were never deployed.again I just think considering there commericals pride themselves on the safety of there vechicles this is very disturbing and should be addressed. I would appreciate your time in this matter so that hopefully no one else will be injured.I would appreciate a response from the NHTSA if possible

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 042002


  • 61,667 miles
While driving at 25 mph vehicle was involved in a head collision. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Warren, NH, USA

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