really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,923 miles

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problem #13

Mar 022018


  • miles
Tiene prendido la luz de bagair Y lo lleve a la agencia no lo quisieron checar por modelo antiguo Y todavÍa SE burlÓ de que ya no existe el modelo.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 272018


  • miles
The contact owned a 2009 Kia Rondo. While driving 40 mph, the contact crashed into a parked vehicle on the side of the road. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained bruises to the chest and ribs that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a tow lot and deemed destroyed. The contact called southwest Kia-rockwall at(469) 402-2900 (located at 1790 I-30 frontage rd, rockwall, tx 75087) to notify them of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 292017


  • 100,000 miles
My son & his friend were hit on the passenger side by a young man who intentionally ran a red light. He hid my son so hard that our 2009 Kia Rondo flipped 3 times and not one of the driver side airbags deployed. They did deploy on the passenger side only. The car has since been destroyed by the insurance company, however I still have pictures. I think this should be checked in other Rondos so no one else has to endure what my son who was driving did. As you can see from the picture that although the passenger air bags deployed, the steering wheel in in tact and none of the driver side air bags deployed. Seems impossible since the car flipped over 3 times. He was driving on a city street.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 282017


  • 10,000 miles
My airbag light has come on and I have not been in any accident and I am taking it to to the dealer. Why it should go on I don't know. There has been no reason for this issue to take place. It all happened yesterday, I put my seat belt on and started my car and the airbag light kept go on and off and now is staying on when the car is in drive.

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 092016


  • 103,000 miles
Just like the recall of 07-08 Rondo models my air bag light has come on and fails to reset. I believe the recall should be extended. Light came on while car was stationary and started for a trip to the store.no photo the airbag light comes on each time the car is started. There is no airbag error code stored in the computer.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #8

Nov 012013


  • 87,000 miles
Since I purchased the car at the Kia dealership in nc - it was raining and I drover over a puddle of water, I was making a right turn in the process and all lights turned on on dash - it slowed my car down almost turned off. Airbag light turned on (still on). Car turned back on but everytime it rains - I am afraid because my car stalls and it stops depending on the amount of water. This is dangerous especially if I am on the highway. I called the Kia shop and they find nothing wrong with my car and I have to pay to get the airbag light fixed. I don't think I should pay for something that I did not break. Since I have had my car - it has done the above at least 4 times and the airbag light is still on.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 302015


  • miles
When I brake the car in the high speed(maybe 40 miles and more in highway), the steering wheel is shaking, and I need to handle it very hard. And this situation is more serious in highway. And the airbag light is always on when I am driving.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #6

Nov 112015

Rondo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rondo. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. Updated 1/15/16

- Dansville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 142015


  • 84,000 miles
This 2009 Kia Rondo has had three air bag related problems. 1.the front passenger seat was replaced at $1700 because a sensor caused the air bag light to display. 2.the steering wheel air bag unit was replaced at $900 because again the air bag light was on. 3.the same day that the steering wheel air bag unit was replaced the air bag light again displayed and this time the clock spring was replaced at no charge. These air bag problems raise serious concerns about the safety of Kia vehicles.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 082015


  • 76,000 miles
Air bag light has illuminated and won't go off. Which may result in possible failure in a crash.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 102015


  • 98,000 miles
Nothing unordinary happened. However I believe it may have been around the time I had a new battery installed in my car. It went from one day to the next, where all of a sudden the airbag light can on and hasn't gone off since. I've had no accident, no major repair, nothing out of the ordinary. Now, I'm looking to take it to the Kia dealer, who wants to charge me $120 just to get codes and determine why the light is on. I feel this is something that should be covered under warranty, being that there is nothing a driver could do to cause a malfunction or disconnection with the airbags and how they function. I've seen three other posts on here where the airbags didn't deploy when they were suppose to. The big determining factor for my purchase of the Kia Rondo, was it's safety features, and all the airbags that are throughout the vehicle. Something seem terribly wrong with having to pay twice for something, that appears to have been faulty off the manufacturing line.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 252014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rondo. The contact stated that the air bag indicator continuously remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Calvert City, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 222014

Rondo 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I was on the tollway in the right lane it was raining out a truck on the left side of me lost control hit into me and I ran into the light pole head on none of the air bags deployed I had my seatbelt on.

- Chicago, IL, USA