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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
12,000 miles

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2002 Kia Rio steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 222003

(reported on)


  • 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

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