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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,299 miles

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2004 Kia Rio fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 272011

Rio 4-cyl

  • 81,299 miles


The car caught on fire, Kia says they sent a notification to the original owner, years ago. We feel that we were entitled to a recall notice before the car burned down. We feel this is not a small recall, it was a fire, a fire is very dangerous and can burn and kill people. We had 22 Kia Rios in our fleet and never received recall notices on any of them. Kia did send notices to the original owner however they had the information as to which cars received the recommended repairs and which cars never came in, there needs to be some follow up.

- San Diego, Ca 92111, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 272011

Rio 4-cyl

  • 81,299 miles
Our car caught on fire. Kia says that recall notices were sent out to the previous owner to take the car to a Kia dealer for repairs. Notice was sent out years ago (2002). Kia knew that the repairs were never done because no dealership had billed Kia for repairs. For nine (9) years this car was on the road without a safety recall being performed for fire. For nine years we registered this car and Kia made no attempt to find out who owns the vehicle. Kia is being very unethical because they say that a notice was sent out (one notice) and now they have done their obligation.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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