2007 Kia Optima Consumer Review: Scarry to drive Optima

2007 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)

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Scarry to drive Optima
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2007 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


We have this car for two years and have constant problem with passenger air bag sign not turned off if passenger about 150 lbs is present. No problems with passenger of 200 lbs. NHTSA has 32 complaints for Optima 2006-2008 for the same problem with couple of injured persons, but the only thing Dealer and KIA representative suggested is "passenger need to sit exactly in the middle of the seat, only in upright position, no legs crossed, no leaning on one side or another.If problem occurs, stop the car and restart it". Seems as just an excuse for malfunctioning and dangerous design flaw. Quite scary to be a passenger in this car, no proper company response to the unsafe design flaw so far.

Best Features

Other than above, nice, not expensive car, fun to drive, nice looking.

Worst Features

Re-check passenger and driver's air bag system and sensor for safety (Like Nissan did for their QUEST 2004 - they re-designed sensor). OR, make passenger air bag turn on/off manual for driver to setup according to car's passengers.
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By mickeyrom
on 04/06/12 05:20 AM (PDT)

Re. the air bag light.I had the same problem and the local mechanics could not figure it out.Eventually a better trained mechanic came from somewhere,not sure where from,he reflashed the related computer and PRESTO, have not had problems with it.That was in early 2007.

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