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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,500 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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2002 Kia Rio electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

May 232007

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Kia Rio, purchased new and maintained in excellent condition with regular maintenance. Had 61,000 miles and while driving, my daughter smelled something burning, engine light came on and at the same time, smoke was coming in through the air vents. She immediately pulled over, stopped the car and removed her keys. The ignition started on its own and the car engine erupted into flames. The car is totally destroyed. Fire and highway patrol reports were taken at the scene and car was towed to Kia dealership in clovis ca. Service manager stated he had taken pictures and became investigation. When I went in to see the car and take pictures, the service team was completely apathetic and rude. I made a call to Kia Consumer Affairs, and found that the report had not been submitted. The individual at Kia Consumer Affairs was extremely helpful and attempted to call the dealership as well. Her calls were not returned. My daughter was extremely lucky and only suffered first degree burns to the face, and smoke inhalation that exacerbated her asthma. According to the fire investigator, the fire was caused by an over-filling of transmission fluid by 1 quart. The consumer stated when she saw the vehicle the day after, there was no fluid anywhere. The consumer believed there was a defect with the vehicle possibly related to a recall, which was supposedly had been taken care of at the dealership. Updated 06/21/07.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2002 Kia Rio stalling during driving, check engine light on, concerned for my safety. Three time compliant to el cajon Mazda Kia, first time they said(nothing wrong) 2nd (the computer need reprogram) today again back to dealer, I am afraid for my safety

- El Cajon, CA, USA

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