Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 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.

2003 Kia Rio brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


While accelerating my 2003 Kia Rio onto the interstate while going uphill, the car's transmission slipped and had no power on the incline even when it was floored. It always does this when passing cars also. I took it to the dealer who said they could find nothing wrong with it. My brakes lock up when they are damp. I did not think this was a problem, but it is.

- Greeley, CO, USA

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