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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

May 312012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Rio. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning lights randomly flashed. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V244000 (air bags); however, the contact did not receive a recall notification. The vehicle was to be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012010

Rio 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The driver seat belt latch assembly is split in two. There were no events leading up to the event, it just happened one day. It has not been repaired or replaced, it is currently being held together with duct tape.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 182009


  • 40,000 miles
Our son was driving a 2005 Kia Rio 15 miles South of mcminnville, or when he went off the road and flipped the car. The female part of the safety belt clasp failed which resulted in him being thrown around the cab. He ended up in the cab on the roof in the back seat. He is still very sore and has back pain.

- Alturas, CA, USA

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