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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,712 miles

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2004 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 292008

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,123 miles


The car was in an accident and the air bags never deployed on the driver side or the passenger side. Nothing was done to fix it.the car now has to have the whole front end fixed and need to have them checked to see why they didn't deploy.

- Port Allegany, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 172005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,300 miles
During a frontal-impact accident, the driver airbag failed to deploy until after I hit the steering wheel. I then saw the passenger airbag deploy. Neither the seat belt nor the airbag stopped me from hitting the steering wheel causing chest wall contusions and muscle strains in chest and back. I'm still out of work due to the injuries. The car was totaled.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

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