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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 1
Average Mileage:
29,258 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.

2002 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 082008

Rio

  • 100,070 miles

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

Going at 80km an hour in peak Friday afternoon traffic on the highway I rear ended another car and my airbag did not deploy.

- Windaroo, 00, USA

problem #13

Nov 052007

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,080 miles
Our Kia Rio was involved in a front end collision where the air bags failed to deploy at over 40 miles an hour. It's by the grace of god we didn't find this out in a faster collision costing someone their life.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 232005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I was driving my 2002 Kia Rio on my lunch break going to my home. A young lady pulled out in front of me I was going around 45 when she pulled out. My car hit hers in the side neither my air bags or seat belt functioned like they should have. My air bags didn't even deploy my seat belt allowed me to go into the windshield. As my body was thrown forward the underside of the steering wheel broke my femur in 3 places. I filled a complaint against Kia about the air bags and seat belt they claimed the car under rolled the other car to me the front of the car was pushed back and it was flat. Kia needs to hold up their end 2 items in the car for safety failed. Some people ask did you have your seat belt on the answer is yes I had 2 people show up at the wreck and saw it on me and it burned through 2 shirts I had on at the time of the wreck.

- Alexander, NC, USA

problem #11

Feb 012003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact's vehicle was involved in two accidents. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The first accident occurred on February of 2003 while traveling about 45 mph. She was wearing a seat belt during the accident. This was a frontal impact. The second accident occurred on September 19, 2005 while traveling about 50 mph. She was wearing a seat belt, but sustained injuries. Updated 01/19/06.

- Covelo, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 192005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
My daughter was driving South on hwy 360 in grand prairie Texas going about 50 mph and an other vehicle was crossing the lanes toward her and hit her vehicle at the front right side (passenger side). She was wearing a seat belt and so was the passenger.the seatbelt on the passenger side did not work and airbags on neither side deployed. The passenger went forward striking the front windshield suffering head and body injuries.

- Addison, TX, USA

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problem #9

Oct 202003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 10 mp and turning the vehicle stalled. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The passenger front seat belt was inoperative. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection again, and the mechanic replaced the seat belt. However, the problem recurred. Then, vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and both frontal air bags failed to deploy. This information was provided by Mrs. Sikakoy's daughter leslie sanchez.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #8

Jan 082004

Rio

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 15 mph and without warning consumer lost control of the vehicle, resulting in a rear enf collision. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained injuries.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 222003

(reported on)

Rio

  • 12,000 miles
Vehicle was in a head on collision at 46 mph. Upon impact, passenger side air bag deployed, but driver side air bag didn't deploy. Steering wheel came completely off, and the driver died as a result. Consumer's wife was hit head on while driving at 50 mph by a toota Tacoma. The drivier of the Tacoma was on drugs when crossed over into path of the Rio. The driver of the Rio experienced a severed brain stem, punctured lung from the steering column and a severed arm. The driver of the Rio was wearing the seat belt. During the crash the Rio's driver's seat broke from the mountings and the steering wheel broke off. After the crash the Rio's driver was found under the instrument panel. The Tacoma was bent in half and the trucks bed broke off from the frame. Rio has been notifed of the crash. It was assumed the driver of the Tacoma was travaling atleast 45-50 mph at the time of the crash.

- Hawthorne, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 022003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,464 miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Dos Palos, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 212003

Rio

  • 15,000 miles
Air bags deployed without collision while driving.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

problem #4

Dec 062002

Rio 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles

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

Vehicle was in a head on collision with another vehicle. Upon impact, front airbags did not deploy, also, motor mounts failed, resulting in dashboard pushing into driver and passenger. Both driver and passenger sustained injuries.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #3

Jan 062003

Rio

  • miles
The passenger seat belt jammed so tight that the plastic around it shattered and pieces hit the driver. After that occurred the air bags deployed resulting in an accident. The dealer is aware of the problem.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 242003

Rio

  • miles
While driving at the speed of 35mph was involved in a frontal collision, neither air bag deployed. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified. If you have any additional information feel free to add.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 102002

Rio

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was stationary when it was rear ended at a speed of 30-35 mph and neither air bags deployed. Dealer notified. The consumer stated that before the vehicle was repaired from the first collision, tne 2nd crash occured when the left tire blew out (no tire info was given).

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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