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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,008 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 #7

Apr 072012


  • miles


The contact owned a 2002 Kia Rio. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle was involved in a front end crash. The front driver side air bag deployed aggressively and metal fragments struck the contact's face. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a head laceration that required stitches, a broken nose, and a hand injury. Medical attention was required. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was towed to the salvage yard and deemed destroyed. The failure mileage was unknown....updated 7/19/16

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 232005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,755 miles
Hit deer at 55 mph airbags did not deploy and seat belt did not lock causing head to hit steering wheel and bounce back and hit seat whole front of car was tore up.

- Trenton, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 162004

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles
The Kia Rio was stopped behind a minivan when it was hit from behind by another minivan travelling approximately 30 mph before braking. The Kia Rio was pushed into the minivan in front. The Rio was not severely damaged, however, both airbags deployed. Damage was to the rear trunk lid and the front right rail was slightly. Compromised. No lights were broken, nor was the bumper even cracked. Both the insurance adjuster and the body shop were surprised the airbags went off based on the damage (or overall lack thereof) to the vehicle. The airbag deployment broke other pieces of and inside of the dash as well, causing over 2/3 of the cost of repair (total cost was around $7000). Pictures of the damage to the vehicle are available.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #4

May 302003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,800 miles


The vehicle was involved in an accident while driving 50-55 mph yet the air bags did not deploy.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

May 082003


  • 27,000 miles
While driving at 65/70 mph on the freeway, the vehicle was involved in an accident, the air bags failed to deploy, and the seat belts did not restrain the occupants in the vehicle.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

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problem #2

Nov 092002


  • miles
While driving at 65 mph had an accident hitting a deer. And neither air bag deployed, nor seat belts hold the passenger in the seat. Dealer and manufacturer has been notified.please provide further information::

- Crescent, OK, USA

problem #1

Jun 102002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer states that the left front tire had a blow out at 70 mph. Aftermarket equipment was installed at 7,000 miles, tire size 165/70R14 and the dot# unavailable. The consumer states that the tires were oem switched by the dealer at 4132 miles. The first set developed large blisters on the inside tire walls. The consumer was driving on a bridge when he lost control of the vehicle, as a result the vehicle swerved to the left, hit the guardrail which caused the vehicle to ping across the highway and hit an embankment, then the vehicle rolled end over end spinning the front end then rolling down the embankment 3 and half times landing on the passenger side. The left front tire had blown and the air bags did not deploy.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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