really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 312003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles


I was driving a Kia Sportage 2001 and was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer. The impact was so great it broke the back support of my seat. The truck forced me into the vehicle in front of me so hard that I crumbled the trunk of that vehicle. In all 5 vehicles received damage. My vehicle was totaled. My seat broke and my airbags including a knee airbag did not deploy. I received whiplash to the neck and damage to my right leg. I feel that had my airbags deployed I would not have received the damage to my leg. Also I believe had my seat back support stayed upright I would not have received the injuries as bad.

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 292003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was stopped behind two cars waiting to make a left hand turn. I was rearended by a man going approximately 50mph at impact, I was slammed in to the person in front of me, and she hit the person in front of her knocking that SUV in to on coming traffic. All four cars were totalled and everyone's airbags went off except for mine. My face took out the visor and hit the steering wheel. The front seats reclined at impact as well.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 202002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a rear end collision at 40 mph. Driver's side seatback collapsed on impact onto a small child sitting in child safety seat in rear. Consumer felt it was dangerous for seat to collapse on a small child. The seat did not support consumer who sustained injuries to the back. The child however was not injured.

- Abbeville, SC, USA

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