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#1 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 06:37 AM
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Check the drivers side seat belt, lowest anchor point.
This is defective on my car.
I turned in my seat to get something from the back and it let go.
I don't see how the design could ever work.
Give it a hard pull and see if your's is ok.
My local Kia service center has reported this event.
My bet is we will see a recall on this.
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OMG! Thanks for the tip!
Was there any indication of this happening previously? Do you know, or can you tell, why it came apart? Or what the fix maybe? I maybe hoping for a recall on this

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No indication at all.
Luckily I was sitting still in a traffic jam.
The car has only got 10000km but I'm in and out several times every day.
I'm confident that Kia will take action, their service department has always been top notch.
The passanger side is built like all the other belts I've seen, a big bolt through a hole in a thick steel bracket.
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trying to figure this out, is it at the buckle clip (the 3-point connection) where it let go or is it where its anchored in the floor. Does it do it every time you do the same thing or just the odd time? It could also be just be one isolated defective belt.

The Cee'd is strictly European and built at the plant in Slovakia. So something like this may not have any effect on any other model or any other plants around the world, as most items are sourced locally in many cases. Also this is on a vehicle that is 5 years old, so a lot will have changed in that period. So if there was a recall it may only cover a certain period.

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Has the dealer indicated that this is a wide spread seatbelt defect or are they communicating this to Kia Corp as "multiple isolated incidents".

With a major safety component like this, it is extremely important to launch the recall campaign in no time as there are people driving thinking their belts are functional.

While we're on the safety topic, I am also questioning the airbags in Kia cars. A pattern of airbag deployment failure has revealed itself in the NHTSA regulators website. I am starting to wonder if there is a bigger problem that has yet to be discovered / revealed by Kia (or at least not yet by class action lawyers). I myself was involved in a frontal collision with my last Kia and was shocked that the airbags failed to deploy. The auto body shop told me that the sensors was not impacted as his only rational explanation. At the time I took his word as gospel as my insurers were in the process of replacing my forte. What didn't make sense was the fact that those airbag sensors are suppose to work with decelerating g forces and not just impact.

Airbags do make a huge difference, but a defective airbag that fails to deploy can give someone a very false sense of safety.

As I know Kia reads these boards, I hope someone there will be bright enough to investigate this further before Kia or Hyndai is involved in another scandal. Then again, maybe all these failed airbag deployments are just coincidental "multiple isolated incidents" ?
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just curious as to why the OP would post this problem of a 5 year old Cee'd in the new version of the Sportage forum???
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The CEED emblem is my avitar picture!
I had one for 4 years when I started on this board.
I traded it in on a new Sportage in October 2011.
So I'm talking about a new model 2011 Sportage here.

It is the fastening point just inside the door on the pillar.
The clip thing let go and won't engage again.
I know this is confusing cause the thing looks a lot like
the 3rd point clip but it isn't actually made to release.
I'm used to seeing a big bolt at this point,
which is the way the passenger side is done.

The dealer and importer have taken steps about this.
There is quite a lot of action going on.
They now have the car I've gotten a loaner.
We have no information about other incidents.
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it was that your DRIVES profile does not mention a Sportage - hence the confusion.

I've checked mine and everything appears solid but much of the connections are enclosed in a plastic casing so its hard to tell when the actual connection looks like (upper and lower by the floor) on the door post side.
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