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So I bought my seltos (SX turbo AWD) in October and everything's been wonderful so far. Unfortunately, now I'm having issues with my passenger seatbelt alert everytime I get in the car. The seat will be 100% empty and it will chirp at me incessantly until I give in and clip the seatbelt in an empty seat. Called two different dealerships, and they both told me they can look at it, but they don't know when or how soon they'd be able to fix it because they have to run it up to kia corporate before they do anything. They're saying that because it's a new model, they have to report all bugs and issues to their tech department and then THEY decide what to do about it. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
 

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So I bought my seltos (SX turbo AWD) in October and everything's been wonderful so far. Unfortunately, now I'm having issues with my passenger seatbelt alert everytime I get in the car. The seat will be 100% empty and it will chirp at me incessantly until I give in and clip the seatbelt in an empty seat. Called two different dealerships, and they both told me they can look at it, but they don't know when or how soon they'd be able to fix it because they have to run it up to kia corporate before they do anything. They're saying that because it's a new model, they have to report all bugs and issues to their tech department and then THEY decide what to do about it. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
Had that problem after my son spilled a soda on the seat! Likely not the same cause though! Wet/Dry vac fixed it. Good luck with the repair.
 

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Look in the menu behind the steering wheel .There is an item in the safety menu about disabling passenger seat alert when not occupied.It says something to this effect but not sure of the exact wording.
 

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Look in the menu behind the steering wheel .There is an item in the safety menu about disabling passenger seat alert when not occupied.It says something to this effect but not sure of the exact wording.
Ooh thank you for this! I'll check it out tomorrow! It seems the issue is heated seat related, because it always happens after someone sits in the seat and uses the heated function. For the next day or two after, the alarm will chime nonstop until I click the seatbelt with no one there
 

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The heated seat issue leads me to believe it is effecting the weight sensor in the seat.I would take it to the dealer for something like that.
 

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So I bought my seltos (SX turbo AWD) in October and everything's been wonderful so far. Unfortunately, now I'm having issues with my passenger seatbelt alert everytime I get in the car. The seat will be 100% empty and it will chirp at me incessantly until I give in and clip the seatbelt in an empty seat. Called two different dealerships, and they both told me they can look at it, but they don't know when or how soon they'd be able to fix it because they have to run it up to kia corporate before they do anything. They're saying that because it's a new model, they have to report all bugs and issues to their tech department and then THEY decide what to do about it. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
I have a 2021 Kia seltos ex. Worst decision ever. My Bluetooth says dialing Unsuccessful while I hear my phone dialing, the seatbelt on passenger side says to strap in my freaking cell phone and tablet. Then I get the obits just set sensitive. Well then why doesn't it happen EVERY TIME. Now it stalls at red lights occasionally but doesn't register so could I please take a picture next time? O you mean while I'm panicking?? My kids are not allowed in this vehicle anymore.
 

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So I bought my seltos (SX turbo AWD) in October and everything's been wonderful so far. Unfortunately, now I'm having issues with my passenger seatbelt alert everytime I get in the car. The seat will be 100% empty and it will chirp at me incessantly until I give in and clip the seatbelt in an empty seat. Called two different dealerships, and they both told me they can look at it, but they don't know when or how soon they'd be able to fix it because they have to run it up to kia corporate before they do anything. They're saying that because it's a new model, they have to report all bugs and issues to their tech department and then THEY decide what to do about it. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
FWIW, I noted this problem occurring about 9 mo after purchasing my 2021 Seltos S Turbo, so scheduled a repair appointment for dealer to diagnose & repair. The repair guy said to be careful of carrying ANY electronic items or metal items on the seats (I had a workout bag that weighed a few pounds and contained a USB-to-iPhone cable that I placed on the passenger seat when driving. Since the alert doesn’t say WHICH seat is the problem, I assume it applies to ALL seats in the car).

Turns out the culprit was a metallic dashboard sun protector (with two rubber suction holders on it) that I’d recently bought (I picked it up at the Dollar Store for a buck) that was somehow setting off the seatbelt sensor when placed on a seat while driving: once I moved it to the floor or elsewhere, the problem disappeared.

So this was a 100% reproducible issue (I tried it a few times, and within seconds of putting the folded metallic sun reflector on the passenger seat, the alert sounded again).

I’m not sure if the sensor sensitivity issue could be addressed via a Kia auto software update, but the easy fix: make sure not to place aluminum foil, electronic items, cables, etc on any of the passenger seats.
 

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I have a SX turbo. My sensor goes off when both my key fob and phone are on the passenger seat together. Does anyone know if they have a fix for this?
 

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I have a 2021 Kia seltos ex. Worst decision ever. My Bluetooth says dialing Unsuccessful while I hear my phone dialing, the seatbelt on passenger side says to strap in my freaking cell phone and tablet. Then I get the obits just set sensitive. Well then why doesn't it happen EVERY TIME. Now it stalls at red lights occasionally but doesn't register so could I please take a picture next time? O you mean while I'm panicking?? My kids are not allowed in this vehicle anymore.
Are you sure it's stalling? It has a feature where it turns the engine off to save fuel. You can disable it. It's in one of the menus
 

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So I bought my seltos (SX turbo AWD) in October and everything's been wonderful so far. Unfortunately, now I'm having issues with my passenger seatbelt alert everytime I get in the car. The seat will be 100% empty and it will chirp at me incessantly until I give in and clip the seatbelt in an empty seat. Called two different dealerships, and they both told me they can look at it, but they don't know when or how soon they'd be able to fix it because they have to run it up to kia corporate before they do anything. They're saying that because it's a new model, they have to report all bugs and issues to their tech department and then THEY decide what to do about it. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
I have this issue when I put my laptop or camera on my passenger seat, so I just buckle them in..
 
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