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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.

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2003 Kia Rio steering problems

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2003 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022004


  • miles


When turning the steering wheel at an undetermined speed steering wheel made a knocking noise. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and mechanic determined that steering column bolt snapped.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 042003


  • miles
I purchased my vehicle in January 2003, first problem was that while driving with my 4 month old daughter the steering whhel went out on me. I tried to turn the car while getting on the expressway and the steering wheel kept spinning but I did not turn and almost hit a cement viduct. Next about 1 month later my car began to not start or cut off on me when I would first start driving and the chime willnot go off. The dealer told me that they have been having this problem with them and he will contact me when the manufacturer tells them how to fix the problem.

- Park Forest, IL, USA

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