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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Rio wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Oct 012004

Rio 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Deficient wheel bearing on Kia Rio. Recurring problems with the wheel bearings. The current wheel bearing problem was diagnosed as the tires. The noise still exists. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 292002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving approximately 55mph the right front tire blew out causing damage to vehicle's brake line and axle.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 262002

(reported on)


  • miles
While being driven oncity roads right front tire blewout. After tires were rotated, a second tire blewout, same right front tire blewout while crossing a bridge.

- Mount Sterling, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 042001


  • miles
I bought my new Kia Rio in September of last year, its only 9 months old, and has 19,000 miles on it. The tires have worn to the steel on the inside edge only, no shimmy nor shake, that would make me think its an alignment problem. I called hankook the manufacturer of the tire, they told me to call Kia but said no warranty, Kia said the same, I am getting no where, the tires are supposed to be good until 36,000 miles." Already I have to buy new tires and no percentage off from the manufacturer or dealer" seems like they put an anything tire on here that looks nice, but no quality, that could blow at anytime. I will have to purchase new tires, I can not drive on these. I feel they have made a defective problem and they hankook, nor Kia the dealer I bought them from wants to help. The service manager, chip carr, has not returned my calls at Kia. Thank you. (tiresize: 13)( dot number: Tire size: 13 )

- Knotts Island, NC, USA

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