really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 1
Average Mileage:
46,909 miles

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2008 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Kia Spectra Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Aug 082011


  • 14,800 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel suddenly pulled to the right and the driver crashed into a pole. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The driver suffered major injuries to his chest and later went to the hospital own his own for treatment. The police were not notified and a report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and they informed the contact that there was nothing wrong with airbags. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 14,800.

- Buluth, MN, USA

problem #6

Dec 172010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the passenger air bag light illuminated with the passenger seat unoccupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on numerous occasions and they could not duplicate the failure. The air bag light continued to illuminate but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and a claim was filed but no further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 122010

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Passenger air bag light shows "off' with a passenger sitting in the seat. My wife is 5 ft. Even, and weighs over 135 lbs. But the light will not turn off for her. I tried it (I weigh around 200) and it went off. The dealer where I purchased the car went out of business.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 242009


  • 26,200 miles


'08 Kia Spectra hit across right front & slammed in right quarter panel. Vehicle equipped with 6 air bags...non of which deployed. Wife suffered fractures to all her ribs & sternum and a broken left arm. Nine days in shock trauma in baltimore, two weeks in rehab hospital and now getting rehab help at home.

- Felton, DE, USA

problem #3

Dec 082008


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Spectra. Ever since the vehicle was purchased, the air bag indicator remains illuminated when an occupant is seated in the passenger seat. The dealer tested the air bag sensor by placing a 200 lbs. Mechanic in the seat. The indicator dimmed; therefore, the dealer stated that the air bag was fine. While driving 70 mph on the interstate, the contact swerved to avoid a deer and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The seat belt tensioner failed when the crash occurred. Kia replaced the air bag computer, sensor, and seat belt. The contact suffered a concussion and a police report was filed. The components in the vehicle were labeled as defective and after all the repairs were made, the air bag indicator continued to illuminate inappropriately. Recently, the contact attempted to avoid a deer and another crash occurred. The air bags failed to deploy again. The vehicle has not yet been repaired and is currently at an auto body shop waiting to be appraised. The failure and current mileages were 10,000.

- Manchester, TN, USA

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problem #2

Dec 292008


  • 3,000 miles
2008 Kia Spectra, the parking lights come on by their self when its around 20* outside and when its around 80* outside the alarm want set the lights just blank on and off. Also I have a really bad rattle comes from the air bags so it sound in the dash and drivers side post air bag. Have took the car in 3 times and a week per time, and so far nothing as been fixed.

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 012008

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the air bag indicator does not dim when the front passenger seat is occupied. The dealer stated that the manufacturer should be sending a re-caliper switch to repair the air bag indicator. Two weeks later, no one has called the contact regarding the repair. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on numerous occasions, but the failure still persists. The failure mileage was 500. Updated 12/15/08. Updated 12/15/08.

- Warwick, RI, USA

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