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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,783 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 022009


  • 96,000 miles


Traveling aprox 30 mph, rear ended another vehicle. Seat belts did not lock on any passengers, airbags did not deploy.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, both frontal air bags failed to deploy. This caused the driver and passenger to sustain minor injuries, and were transported to the hospital. Vehicle was towed to a garage. The cause has not been determined at this time. This information was provided by leticia's lawyer Mr. John fitzpatrick.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #1

May 092004


  • 8,350 miles
While driving 45 mph the vehicle collided with a deer. The dual airbags did not deploy. No injuries reported. Please provide additional information.

- Wagontown, PA, USA

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