really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,965 miles

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problem #26

Oct 012018


  • 88,200 miles
The airbag (SRS) warning light came on and stayed on at about 88,200 miles in October, 2018. I first noticed this while driving but the light stayed on ever since then. Took the vehicle to a Kia dealer who checked the vehicle's diagnostic code (B1346) and told me the airbag clock spring was faulty and needed to be replaced. This was done after they ordered the part for a total cost to me of $329.72. The clock spring problem was covered under a recall for 2008 Optimas and some other Kia models. Since the SRS system may not function properly with a faulty air bag clock spring, this is a serious safety component problem and should be covered by Kia like it was for previous model years.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #25

Jul 132018


  • 114,856 miles
SRS light came on while stationary and continued while vehicle is running..now it stays on all the time. No matter how many times they reset it comes back next day and stays on.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #24

Aug 072017


  • 94,913 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the air bag indicator remained illuminated. The dealer was contacted (university Kia, 6519 university dr nw, huntsville, al 35806, (256) 217-1700) to inspect and diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,913.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #23

Jul 282017


  • 88,000 miles
Air bag light is on and we've been told by the dealer that it's a faulty clock spring in the steering wheel. There was a recall up to 2008 Optima's for this issue but not the 2009. This should be investigated as a known issue as I've seen many complaints. It's a safety issue that Kia should pay since the airbag may not deploy an it's an expensive replacement and special order. The dealer will not cover this replacement.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 022017


  • 60,603 miles
My car has 60,603 miles on it the SRS light is illuminated it has remained on for the past week. I have not been in an accident. After extensive online research I've noticed that there were thousands of Kia's recalled all the way up to 2008 for this exact problem as it stands now although it's a known problem it will not be covered under any hundred thousand miles warranty.

- Hannibal, MO, USA

problem #21

Sep 292016


  • 75,000 miles
Airbag light stays on. This is apparently an ongoing problem with 2009 Optimas

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #20

Sep 212016


  • 75,680 miles
Airbag light came back on, after passenger mat replaced on recall. They found codes B1346 and B1481 for driver's airbag resistance too high for stages 1 and 2. need to diagnose if airbag is faulty or clock spring.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #19

Aug 022016


  • 60,000 miles
Took 2009 Kia to dealership, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 because of air bag illumination. Was told it was two things. The OCS mat in the passenger seat was defective and the clock spring assembly located in the steering column. Kia issued a recall on the 2008 Optima for this very same issue (clock spring assembly). The recall should be extended to include the 2009 Kia Optima. We did, however, receive a letter from Kia regarding the OCS mat in the passenger seat. Unfortunately, Kia will not pay for the repair even though they know it is a defect on their part. Prices for repair? over $1,500. These two items are clearly a safety issue and Kia needs to step up to the plate repair these safety issues. These issues did not occur because of misuse - they are occurring and have occurred because of known defects.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 112016


  • 60,000 miles
The air bag warning light stays illuminated. Received letter from Kia in July 2016 that it would extend the warranty coverage for this issue. It stated to take the vehicle in and have it checked and that if any problems it would be taken care of. In reality, that is not true. Only if you purchased the extended warranty would these known air bag issues be handled by Kia. The cost to repair? $1,500.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 152016


  • 65,000 miles
Seatbelt light is on. Dealer says it's a clock spring that's not under my warranty or extended warranty and will cost $335 on top of the $84 I paid for diagnosis. It appears there have been several complaints on 2009's and there was a recall on 2008's for this problem.

- Wabash, IN, USA

problem #16

Jul 082016


  • miles
Airbag light has come on, won't go off and now ehicle won't pass state inspection.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #15

Jun 022016


  • 5 miles
Air bag light stays on. Nothing happens on the vehicle

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #14

Jan 012015


  • 68,000 miles
My complaint regards the air bag system. The air bag light came on in 2015 and has remained on. My car will not pass inspection with the light on and while Kia recalled the 2008 models, they have not recalled the 2009 models despite multiple reports of issues with both the air bags and the air bag light. Last year, the dealer found a loose sensor that they reconnected, in order for the car to pass inspection. However, the light came back on the next day. At this point, I don't know if my air bags are functioning properly and I'm stuck because the vehicle won't pass inspection. The date is estimated as it happened between June 2014 and June 2015 when I was up for my next inspection.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #13

May 062013


  • miles
The light has been on since the middle of 2013 and the dealership when asked during each oil change is we will check it out. Ever since I have purchased this vehicle there has been problems with this vehicle.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #12

Sep 262015


  • 95,000 miles
While hitting several trees in my Kia Optima, going about 45mph, the air bags did not deploy. My insurance company said from their experience and from looking at the damage of the car, they also think the air bags should have deployed. However, nobody was seriously injured, no thanks to the air bags.

- Dry Ridge, KY, USA

problem #11

Oct 212015

Optima 4-cyl

  • 71,649 miles
For a long time, the air bag warning light comes on and stays on. We have taken the Kia to two different dealerships. Each one said that there is nothing wrong with the air bag and turned off the warning light. Both dealerships said that, if you put a cell phone on a Kia car seat, that will set off the air bag warning light even though nothing is wrong with the car seat. The air bag warning light comes on whenever we start the car and stays on the entire time, until we take it to a dealership to have the light turned off during regular service department hours. This means that we don't have an air bag warning light, because, if it's on all the time, we will never know when we do have an air bag problem. Since our Ford and our Hyundai never had this problem when we put a cell phone on the car seat, this is clearly a design flaw in the Kia air bag warning system. Because your form only allows one date and mileage entry, I will tell you that we took our Kia to king Kia on 09/26/2014, when the mileage was 68,239, and to herson's Kia on 10/21/2015, when the mileage was 71,649. So Kia has not fixed the problem. Updated 12/18/15

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #10

May 012015


  • 58,000 miles
The airbag light has been cleared 3 times and it keeps coming on. They recalled there 2008 models and my car was made it 2008, and I see a lot of people online with the same problem, they need to recall 2009 models.

- York, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 032014


  • 78,000 miles
There is an existing recall for this problem for this model up to manufacture date of Jan 2008 (SC094). However, my vehicle manufactured Oct 2008 exhibits the same failure. I believe this recall should be extended to the 2009 model year.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #8

Nov 282014

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
The airbag light come on at around 84000 miles. When the error code was read, it was consistent with faulty OCS mat on the passenger's side (B1448). It seems to be an extremely common problem of many Kia vehicles with potentially serious safety concerns, yet the manufacturer did not issue a recall. The only solution seems to be the replacement of the mat ($1700-2000), with absolutely no guarantee that it will not malfunction after 10 miles (the electric sensor of the mat can interfere with electronic devices nearby).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 122009


  • 4,018 miles
Shortly after we purchased this car the air bag (SRS) light came on and stayed on. Took it back to dealer. Scan test found code B1447 oc ECU defect, found poor connection at control unit. They cleared the code and stated the unit was working now as designed. Everything good until 10/6/14, 57000mi., 52 days out of basic warranty. Called Kia dealer, wanted to scan it for $95. Said they would apply scan fee to repair bill. (ill bet they would!) took it to a local tech. Who has a high tech scanner. I don't have the code but he told me it has a defective pressure sensor in the passenger seat and it would be an expensive repair. I think its high time Kia does the right thing and owns up to its accountability for this life-safety issue.

- Sandusky , OH, USA

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