really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,060 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 132010


  • 102,000 miles


Front passenger airbag is de-activated when the front seat is occupied by an adult. It should only de-activate if it senses no passenger seated.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 302008


  • 81,400 miles
On 4/30/08 my Kia Sorento was hit from behind on the interstate. We were pushed into the car ahead of us who also hit the car ahead of them. We were on an extended on ramp so I estimate our speed was 35 mph. As the traffic ahead of us began to stop quickly I applied my brakes, therefore the exact rate of speed at the time of impact is unknown. However we hit car enough that my daughters lid covered soft drink hit the dash. Neither of my cars front air bags deployed. My car sustained major rear and front and driver side damage. The car was totaled. Our seat belts did hold us in. However I received bruising from the seat belt in the check and waist area as weak as an injury to my right knee where it hit the lower dash area.

- Hueytown , AL, USA

problem #5

Nov 212005

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,400 miles
Dt : the contact"S wife was going approximately 65 to 70 mph when vehicle collided with a deer. This was a frontal left corner and side impact. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to a dealership. The vehicle is still under warranty.

- Ruma , IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 042005

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles


My new Kia Sorento has "advanced airbags" and the "passenger side airbag off" indicator is frequently illuminated even with an adult properly secured in the front passenger seat. I have had it back to the dealership twice and they have indicated both times that the problem won't happen with them. I have been unable to confirm whether the airbag will actuallywork when this light is on.

- Amber, OK, USA

problem #3

Mar 012005


  • miles
The 2005 Kia Sorento added a front passenger weight detection system to automatically arm or disarm the front passenger air bag for lighter weight individuals. This detector and/or related equipment operates irradically and ineffectively, leaving the users regularly uncertain regarding the status of the air bag system. This is a systemic problem known to Kia but no schedule exists for a fix.

- Austin, TX, USA

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problem #2

May 132005

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states the airbag light illuminated, the service dealer said the airbag system needed to be reprogrammed. An engineer will not be at the local service dealer to reprogram the system until about 6 weeks.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 242005

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21 miles
I just bought a brand new 2005 Kia Sorento last week (March 18, 2005.) I love the car, but it has an automatic shut off on the passenger air bag that continues to malfunction. It is supposed to stay off unless a passenger weiging more than 40 pounds is sitting in the seat. My husband (200 lbs. +) and my father in law (180 lbs. +) have sat in the seat while I am driving and the air bag will not turn on. I mentioned it to my local dealership and they told me that they have had several complaints of the same thing. They have supposidly checked the sensor system and it is "functioning properly." I have never been in a wreck, but if I am ever in one where my passenger is seriously injured because the air bag malfunctions, I will never forgive myself. Please look into this. Thank you.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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