really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,909 miles

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2006 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Dec 122012


  • 91,000 miles


Dealer states issue with airbag sensor mat on passenger side. Same issue as recalled on the 2006 rio. A similar spec sensor mat is installed on the Spectras as well and therefore a recall should be implemented on those models as well. Failure to recall these vehicles based on this issue could result in serious injury to passengers of vehicle if involved in an accident as the airbags would fail to deploy.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 172011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The air bag warning light came on for the first time after very cold weather in January 2011. When weather warmed up in the spring, the light went out. January 2012 when it became cold again, the light came back on again. Now the light is on 99% of the time. It rarely ever goes out.... this is the same thing that is covered by the Kia optima 2006-2008 recall 12V014000....updated 09/28/15

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #13

Apr 182012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while driving, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where they stated that the occupant classification system mat was defective and needed to be repaired. The contact received an email regarding NHTSA campaign id number: 12V244000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module) however, the recall only pertained to the rio model and not the Spectra model. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and confirmed to the contact that the vehicle was not eligible for repairs under warranty and that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #12

Aug 172012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


I was driving on hwy 40 E approaching exit 153 in heavy rainfall. Approximately 0.25 miles from the exit the truck already on the exit ahead of me began applying its brakes. Pre-braking measures were taken. The wheels locked up and I collided with the truck in front of me and flew forward into the steering wheel. I had been braking the entire time, but my seat-belt did not lock into place. My airbag did not deploy. I suffered bruising, severe headaches, and minor cuts as a result. Insurance declared car as total loss.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #11

May 102012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag sensor failed and the warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the air bag sensor at the contact's expense. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- London, OH, USA

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problem #10

Nov 022011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
This vehicle has numerous air bags, being T-boned by a semi truck at 30 mph none of the air bags deployed. There was approximately 5 inches of intrusion, as well the frame of vehicle between the doors was touching the driver seat, but none of the side impact air bags, or pelvic air bag deployed.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #9

May 072011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


My brother was in a automotive accident. He lost control of his vehicle hit a concrete median, his brakes stop working and his air bags didn't deploy. This is all stated in his police report. He was air lifted to the hospital where doctors inform the family he broke both his legs and arms. He had to have an operation in his skull to relieve pressure in his brain. As of now nothing has been correct.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 072009

Spectra 4-cyl

  • miles
The driver owned a 2006 Kia Spectra. While driving 65 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle, hit a guard rail, rolled over into drainage ditch and crashed into a tree. The front and side air bags did not deploy. A police report was taken. The driver sustained major injuries and expired in the hospital two days later following the crash. The vehicle was destroyed. The contacts lawyer called the manufacturer and a forensic engineer who later determined that the air bags should have deployed. Both the failure and current mileages were unknown. Updated 04/22/10 received pictures. Updated 09/13/10

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 272007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Spectra. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle crashed into a ditch and flipped over. The air bags failed to deploy. The road conditions were rainy and muddy. The vehicle was destroyed. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The contact sustained neck and back injuries along with cuts and scratches. The current and failure mileages were 10,000. The consumer stated the vehicle was damaged in the front but the air bags did not deploy. Updated 09/05/07

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 222007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,638 miles
I was driving a loaner car 2006 Kia Spectra when someone was driving an older model Grand Marquis turned infront of me and I hit her smack dab int he middle of her passenger side doors and our airbags did not deploy.

- Delta, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 302007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


- while driving down the road in a 2006 Kia Spectra at 45 mph the contact lost control of the vehicle stating that he heard a cracking sound at the rear end of the vehicle which causede it to fall down a 10 ft embankment. Upon impact, air bags never deployed. The vehicle sustained damage in both the front and the rear. The contact stated that there wasn't any prior warning. The failure and current mileage were 16000. The contact could provide copy of police report as well as pictures of vehicle. There was one injury.

- Newport, TN, USA

problem #4

Sep 212006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,400 miles
Car was struck on driver side rear quarter panel which resulted in the vehicle being spun in front of the dump truck which made the first impact. Car was struck on several points of impacts including the driver side door, driver side rear door, and front quarter panel. The hardest impact being directly on the side door, with enough impact to completely push the door inside of the door frame of the vehicle. Emt's statement described this to me when they were describing they had to use the jaws of life to free my wife from the drivers seat. No air bags deployed during this entire crash. This vehicle is equipped with 8 air bags of which three are on side impact specific on each side.

- New Holland, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 052006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 60 mph, the vehicle was involved in a side impact collision with another vehicle on normal road conditions. The passenger side airbag did not deploy. Four occupants in the vehicle sustained minor to moderate seatbelt injuries. All the occupants were wearing their seatbelts. A police report was taken. There were no warning prior to the incident. The vehicle was towed to a storage lot. The manufacturer was notified and sent an inspector to investigate. The inspector determined that a copy of the investigation report could be released.

- Waynesburg, KY, USA

problem #2

May 252006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 224 miles
: the contact stated while driving 45 mph the vehicle rear ended another vehicle that had stopped without warning. This was a full front to rear incident. There was pre impact braking, the wheels locked up on the vehicle causing it to skid into the rear of the stopped vehicle. The air bag did not deploy. Seat belts were in use and no injuries were sustained. There was a police report filed at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair and is awaiting inspection.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #1

May 252006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 223 miles
On the afternoon of the 25th day of may in the year 2006, my wife and myself were driving down I-5 sb to mamc for her hospital appt. We were then involved in a multi-car accident off next to the off ramp of exit 123. We tried to slow down in time before noticing the just wrecked vehicle in front of us and my ABS in my 2006 Kia Spectra sx did not engage, my tires then locked up and I skidded and slid into the stopped vehicle. We hit them doing approx. 35-45 mph and smashed in the front of our car. At that time my airbags (both driver and passenger) did not deploy. There has been no corrective action from the time of the accident.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

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