really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
77,873 miles

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2007 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Kia Spectra Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Jul 062012


  • 90,000 miles


Experiencing same problem as below, believe that sensors are identical parts, request assistance to include all Kia models produced during this time period that are experiencing same problem. Problem verified by colonial Kia, colonial heights, va as seat sensor on 6 Jul 12. NHTSA has issued the following safety recall: Make: Kia model: Rio model year: 2007 manufacturer: Kia motors corporation mfr's report date: May 29, 2012 NHTSA campaign id number: 12V244000 NHTSA action number: N/a component: Air bags:frontal:sensor/control module.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112009

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra 5. the contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. Updated 07/10/12 when the consumer contacted the dealer about the air bag light illuminating when the seat was occupied, the dealer advised her to sit more centered in the seat. Updated 07/11/12

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 142010


  • miles
2007 Kia Spectra. Consumer states airbags did not deploy during collision the consumer stated he was driving 15 mph and was rear ended by another vehicle, who was traveling at 70 mph. The consumer stated his vehicle was equipped with front and side air bags and none of them deployed.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #3

Feb 082010


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the patch of ice on the road caused her to crash into the guard rail while driving 65 mph. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was completely destroyed. She sustained injuries to her head when she hit it on the steering wheel and became unconscious. A police report is available if needed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Hellertown, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 272009


  • 14,500 miles
1. two passengers (female 64 yr driver and female 13 yr old passenger) were proceeding down a residential road in a 2007 Kia Spectra at less than 20 mph. Halfway down the road, driver began to lightly apply the brake knowing that the stop sign was further down the road. At this moment the car revved and experienced sudden acceleration. The driver shouted out that something was wrong with the car. The driver attempted to stop the car but the brakes failed. The car accelerated to approximately 60 mph. Unable to stop, the car went through the stop sign and proceeded across the street towards a guard rail. Driver instinctively turned the wheel to the left so that the car would not hit the guard rail head on. The vehicle collided with the guard rail on the passenger side, throwing the driver into the passenger seat, where the other passenger was sitting. The driver hit her head hard on the passenger window and experienced other injuries as a result of being thrown from the driver seat. The air bags in the car failed to deploy. The car bounced off the guard rail and proceeded at full speed across the street again. The car ran over some small hedges in a resident's yard and proceeded up a steep hill before coming to a stop. The passenger of the car immediately dialed 911 and the police/ambulance arrived shortly after. 2. the car's electronic throttle is believed to be defective. This defect results in random episodes of sudden acceleration when the brakes are applied. Because the episodes are random, the problem is not easily duplicated. However, there are numerous documented cases of sudden acceleration in Kia vehicles on the internet. 3. vehicle was towed to a mechanic for investigation. Mechanic attempted a diagnostic test, but mechanic reported that the 2007 Kia Spectra is not sophisticated enough to apply such a test. Vehicle was then taken to the local Kia dealership for further examination. Kia claims they are unable to duplicate the problem.

- Taunton , MA, USA

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problem #1

May 272009

(reported on)


  • miles
2007 Kia Spectra has a problem with the air bag and sensor on the passenger's side. The consumer stated the passenger side air bag light would not go out when the seat was occupied. The consumer stated after 4 months of complaining and finally calling corporate, the air bag sensor was replaced. In September 2008, the problem resurfaced again. The air bag module needed to be replaced. In Dec 2008, the problem with the air bag resurfaced again. The front end of the vehicle began to make noises. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. Upon diagnosis, the sway bar links were faulty, the wheel bearing had to be replaced and the speaker in the front door had blown. The cruise control worked sporadically.

- Russellville, TN, USA

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