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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Kia Rio steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 082005


  • miles


Consumer complaint: ODI case number: 10136024 component: Wheels gas ignition" you tell me" when are these people going to be compensated for their lemons Kia-2001 details: Dt: the consumer was involved in an accident and a tire blew out. After the vehicle stopped spinning, the consumer got out of the vehicle and it burst into flames, the fire department came and they said fire started from heat of power equipment and the ignition burned. This happened on August 6, 2005. The consumer stated she was not informed about the recall regarding the wheels. The consumers daughter complained that the steering wheel vibrated from the time the vehicle was purchased. The same tire that the blew out was the same one that had been replaced numerous times. Occurrences: 1 injuries: 0 fail date: 08/06/2005 deaths: 0 date added to database: 9/9/2005 [file] your own complaint on this model car.

- Oakdale , CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 122003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle skids repeatedly, during normal operation. Handles poorly. Air bags did not deploy after head on collision.

- Wrightstown, NJ, USA

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