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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2001 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 122002


  • miles



- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 052002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rental vehicle: Budget car rental, tampa, Florida, vehicle was involved in a frontal collision of 35 mph, and neither air bag deployed. Consumer states that the front passenger seat belt did not work adequately, there were 2 injuries in the accident.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 022001


  • miles
This is the second rear seatbelt that has begun to shred with normal use. The dealer claims that nobody else has complained about this part or the Kia Rio. I have written a letter to the head of Kia motors corporation, but with no reply.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 052001


  • miles
Right rear seat belt assembly, is being replaced by dealership from rubbing clips seat belt frayed and begun coming apart. Contacted immediatly this car in the back seat is not safe for children !

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

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