really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,999 miles

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2009 Kia Spectra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012011


  • 26,900 miles


The passenger airbag indicator is not working properly. When a front passenger is seating it is still indicate " airbag off" we do not know if the airbag is on or not.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 072010


  • 13,096 miles
Passenger seat does not always sense there is a passenger setting in the seat. The dealer replaced the passenger seat once and it did work ok for about two months they now refuse to work on it till they see proof of it not working. They claim company policy will not allow them to work on it. I feel they are putting my passengers in the way of harm and could be liable for injury or death.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 042010


  • miles
I was driving a Kia Spectra that was rented from enterprise rental car. A car ran a stop sign in the rain and I hit the car. The cars collided at a 90 degree angle, with the front bumper of the Kia hitting the right front wheel of the Subaru outback. I was going about 25 miles per hour. The accident caused the bumper of the Kia to be broken and pushed in all along the front of the car and it buckled the hood of the car. The right front wheel of the Subaru collapsed inward towards the car and the car spun about 90 degrees on impact. My main concern is that the airbag in the Kia did not go off, and it seems that at 25 mph a direct hit on the bumper should make it. I am turning the car back into enterprise, and they can look into the airbag repair.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082010


  • miles
Friday evening before last, my daughter (17 yrs old and a senior in high school) was riding with her friend and was hit by a car in the right front bumper area. The car my daughter was riding in, a 2009 Kia Spectra, was totaled. Yet, despite the massive amount of damage to the car, the passenger airbag did not deploy nor did the seat belt lock. Hence, my daughter was knocked unconscious for about 45 minutes, her nose was broke, she received blood in the ventricles of the brain and she is extremely sore, to say the least. Funny thing is that the driver's dad took the brand new car (5,000 miles and 3 months old) to the dealer over the passenger air bag about two weeks before the accident. He was told that a passenger had to be 100 lbs and be seated just right in the passenger seat in order for the airbags to engage. The emt/firemen who rescued by daughter can all vouch for this. How is it that Kia can advertise 'airbags' as a safety feature when they only deploy randomly?

- Macon, GA, USA

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