really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,663 miles

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2006 Kia Sportage seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Kia Sportage Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Mar 152011


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. The contact was driving 45 mph when the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic but was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 89,000.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 032012

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Driver side air bag lamp will come on while driving. Once stopped and engine turned off and restarted the light will not be on. Then occasionally while driving the lamp will again come back on.

- Seffner, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 152011

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Vehicle has never been in a crash. Airbag light came on when I got into my car and stayed on. I took the car to my mechanic a day or two later. They cleared code and reset the system. Airbag light came on again a few days later. Took the car back to my mechanic. They researched problem and determined the issue to be with the passenger side belt tension sensor and that this had caused the airbags to deactivate. Mechanic told me to take the car to Kia because it was a safety issue and should be under lifetime warranty. Kia would not cover the repair because I have over 60,000 miles on my car. I went back to my mechanic and had them replace the belt tension sensor - part was almost $400. Mechanic said that according to Kia specifications, if this doesn't fix the problem, the driver's airbag module would have to be replaced. If that doesn't fix it, the entire SRS unit would have to be replaced. Mechanic indicated that there is no way to test to figure out specifically which part is faulty. In the meantime, I'm not sure if my airbags are working or not. This seems to be a common problem with the 2006 Kia Sportage. Unfortunately, many people just continue to drive with the airbag light on, most likely unaware that their airbags are no longer activated and would not deploy in a crash.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #6

Apr 192011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Air bag warning light - mechanic and Kia dealership stated it was a sensor. Car is out of warranty, dealership will charge me over $400 to "fix" the air bag warning light but would not guarantee the fix. After researching on this website and others, it appears that this is a defect on various models of 2006 Kia's. I was told that the air bags will not deploy in an accident. The dealership first stated to me that my car must have been in an accident, it was not and never has been. I was told that if the "fix" did not work that I would have to replace my front seats for a cost of over $1,200. Kia cannot guarantee a fix for this problem. This is evidenced by researching the internet. This is a safety item and needs a recall.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012010


  • 89,000 miles
After being fixed by the dealer, my airbag light came back on again within days. Took it back and they told me the sensors built into the seat are failing. An internet search indicates that they are failing at an alarming rate. If the light is on the airbags will not deploy. The light will stay on as long as the sensors are not working right. The sensors can only be repaired by replacing the entire seat apparatus: Almost 1200$ just for the part! this should be a recall, and I do not understand why it isn't. note that the dealer has been very sympathetic and aggressive in trying to identify the problem, though it sounds like the people they are talking to at Kia aren't being very forthcoming with how prevalent the problem is.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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problem #4

Nov 072007


  • miles
I have a 2006 Kia Sportage and the airbag light keeps coming on I have been to the dealer going on six times now to get this fixed. It has been going on since Oct 07 to current. The last time it was fixed was on 08/07/2009. Now I am going to dealer again because it was supposedly fixed and airbag light has come back on again and I am concerned for the safety for my family if we are in an accident because the airbags will not deploy when they need to. So far I have had the buckles assy replaced more than once and the sensor assy more than once. Problem may be fixed for a little while then light comes on again and I have to go back to the dealer again. This is a safety hazard.

- Fairfax, VT, USA

problem #3

Apr 122009


  • 563,000 miles


Both drive and passenger airbag lights were lit. This occurred 5 times, all of which I was told by the dealership was "fixed." The sixth time the dealership had my car for 72 hours, claimed to "be fixed" yet again, once both seats were supposedly replaced. Within 2 weeks both lights came back on. The lights are on, yet again, for the seventh time...I am consulting an attorney!

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 052007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. While driving between 10-35 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver was wearing a seat belt, but sustained bumps and bruises over her entire body caused by the steering wheel and column. There were no prior warning indicators. The vehicle was towed and determined to be destroyed by the insurance company. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. A police report was filed. The contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 6,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 052007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My daughter hit the rear of a large vehicle while driving my 2006 Kia Sportage. The investigating officer and the body shop repairman both told me they had never seen a vehicle so heavily damaged fail to deploy its air bags. None of the air bags deployed. The vehicle was a total loss.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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