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 1 of 2)

problem #35

Nov 082016


  • 121,144 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Spectra. Every time the vehicle was started, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the passenger side OCS mat was defective and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 121,144.

- Savanah, GA, USA

problem #34

Jan 122016


  • 79,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2006 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag indicator continued to illuminate even without a passenger in the passenger seat. The dealer could not duplicate the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. There were no recalls available. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #33

Jul 262016


  • miles
Airbag light on, car failed state inspection. Caused by faulty sensor.

- Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

problem #32

Jul 152014


  • 61,000 miles


The airbag light in my daughter's 2006 Kia Spectra stays on. The passenger/occupant sensor mat is defective. This problem first appeared at 61,000 miles. The dealership says the repair will cost in excess of $2,000, so I cannot afford to have this fixed. Also, the brake switch is defective and only works intermittently. This prevents the brake lights from illuminating.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #31

Jun 062016


  • 125,000 miles
The airbag light is on in my car and didn't pass inspection was told by mechanic probably under recall...also my vehicle was involve in a crash in 2010 or 2011 and front end was smashed in and none of. The airbags went off!

- Chilhowie, VA, USA

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problem #30

May 042016


  • miles
Air bag light is on and has been on for several months (12+). passenger seat sensor is defective and would cost over $1600 to repair. After researching several other owners have the same issue and even some reported that all air bags have not gone off during an accident. Must be recalled immediately.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #29

Aug 032015


  • 84,188 miles


Front passenger airbag is on all the time. Took car to dealer and was told it was code B1448 - OCS mat failed. Some type of sensor under passenger seat. Would cost $1,500 to replace. Kia corporate offered to pay for half of repair but technician said that there might still be problems with airbag system even after repair. (replaced front driver's seat about 18 months ago at same dealer for $600 because airbag light was on at that time too.) Kia mechanic warned that because the passenger airbag light was on none of the airbags would now work. Therefore, see car as being unsafe to drive. Believe recall on airbag system is justified.

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #28

Aug 172015


  • 156,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Kia Spectra. While driving 40 mph, the contact attempted to make a right turn; however, the contact lost control of the vehicle and it spun 360 degrees twice. The vehicle crashed into a tree. The contact also stated that the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries that required stitches. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was deemed destroyed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,000.

- Prentiss, MS, USA

problem #27

Jul 022012


  • miles
When I first bought my car used everthing worked like it should!!!! 1. first thing went out was my clock on dashboard 2. back drivers side brake light will not work without replacing a new bulb every week 3.window on rear passenger door will not roll up on passenger side the driver has to roll it up 4.cd player plays when it wants to, sometimes I cant get cd out until its ready for it to come out 5. driver side door has a leak somewhere cause when it rains my floor gets wet under the door 6.airbag - the airbag light comes on when it wants to also 7. gas tank - most of the time you have to pull up on the handle a few times to even get the gas tank to open my main concerns is : brake light not working airbags window I have childern that ride in my car and I want it to be as safe as possible

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #26

Aug 052015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Kia Spectra. While driving at an unknown speed on a dirt road, the road collapsed causing the vehicle to roll down a cliff and into a river. The driver and passenger frontal air bags failed to deploy. As a result, the contact sustained injuries to the chest and head. The front passenger sustained injuries to the chest, legs, and hip. Both occupants required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer stated that the driver and frontal air bags operated normally. The failure mileage was 180,000....updated09/30/15

- Horseshoe , ID, USA

problem #25

Sep 032014


  • miles


The passanger air bag sensor light went off and the air bag light went on and never went off. I am worried that if my car gets hit the passenger will get hurt possibility die.

- Maynard, MA, USA

problem #24

Jun 032013


  • 80,000 miles
80,000 miles air bag warning light came on while driving. When occupant is seated in the occupant seat, "air bag warning off" light remains (even to this date 11/18/14). A Kia specialist, in asheville, nc, diagnosed as wear and tear. Also, stated that it could be someone not sitting in the seat properly and/or over weight could cause it to go out. Seriously, no one in my car is over 190 lbs. The sensor isn't working and they said it would be $1800 to replace the seat and the sensor. Kia knows there are issues with the Kia Spectra 2006 just like the rios. After researching on line and finding others have had the same issues with their Kia's Spectra 2006 airbag, it is obvious that Kia has airbag issues with the Spectra 2006 which needs to be resolved.

- Swannanoa, NC, USA

problem #23

Mar 122008

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Passage side air bag light came on, took it to Kia dealer they checked connections light when off for a few months, came back on had it checked again dealer tells me they were having problems with the sensor in the seat, but that the Kia Spectra was not part of a recall. The rio and sephia were, the Spectra took the place of the sephia, so why was this not recalled. This is still a problem with this car changing the name did not fix the air bag sensor problem in the passenger seat. There has been numerous complaints and the issue has not been corrected.

- White Stone, VA, USA

problem #22

Jul 272014

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 12,990 miles
I was T boned by a 3/4 truck and the side airbags did not deploy.

- Mott, ND, USA

problem #21

Nov 302013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Air bag warning light came on while driving. When occupant is seated in the occupant seat, "air bag warning off" light remains. A specialist diagnosed the occupant sensor as being defective, the same design and issue as in the 2006 Kia rio and Kia optima, both of which have been recalled for this same specific issue. The cost for repair is approx. $1600. A recall should be implemented for this issue on the 2006 Kia Spectra.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 312014

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
On January 31, 2014, I was driving home from work and was in a head-on collision. The other driver was at fault. The air bags in my 2006 Kia Spectra did not deploy! the police officer also documented this in the police report. I contacted Kia on February 1, 2014 with photographs and the police report. It is now March 13, 2014 and they have not resolved the problem. I am concerned that there are other Kia Spectra owners who are unaware of this problem. There was never a recall about the air bags.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #19

Dec 092013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Air bag light on driver side turned on" it goes on and off sporadically, dealership wants unreasonable repair cost for such. I believe this is a defect in electrical warning system. A recall to repair should be issued. Kia customers are raising this issue and we are not being heard? do we have to wait for a tragic incident to have your organization do something about this"

- Litchfield Park , AZ, USA

problem #18

Mar 012013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light warning light on the instrument panel came on, and mechanic diagnosed it as a faulty sensor in the front passenger seat (error code B1448 - OCS mat defective), and said that the bottom portion of the front passenger seat needed to be replaced (at a cost of $1,600). This is the same defect for which 06-08 Kia rio's were recalled (NHTSA campaign number: 12V244000). The recall should be extended to include similar model year Kia Spectras - there are a similar number of NHTSA complaints regarding airbags for the 06 Kia Spectra as 06 Kia rio. Problem was resolved by replacing the front passenger seat with one from an 04 Kia Spectra from an auto salvage yard.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 012012


  • 30,000 miles
Drivers side airbag light stays on. Shop said it had to do with sensor under seat which is part of the recall in the rio. Cost almost $2000 to repair an Kia won't over it. If something happens airbag won't deploy. The Spectra should be part of the recall.

- Port Chester , NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 062013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was involved in an accident going North to cross an intersection. The other party failed to yield going southeast at the same intersection. I did hit their vehicle, Dodge hemi Ram 1500, head on their right side. The airbag failed to deploy when in fact according to experts, it should have for this type of accident. Not to mention this is the second collision this vehicle has been in and the airbag has never deployed. There was no sign of the airbag not working properly prior to the incidents. Due do this, I obtained a head and neck injury and the car was totaled.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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