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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,667 miles

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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2007 Kia Rio brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 032011

Rio 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Truck stopped at stop sign raining at the time 1304 pm got on brakes to slow down and stop and rain wet roads made the car slide into the trailer hitch of the tall 4X4 truck air bags did not go off on the Rio car hit center on the front bumper over $3,000 in damage to car done to truck and no bags set off seems like a big things if the bags did not get set off.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #2

Jul 082009

Rio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Rio. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and another driver alerted that the exterior brakes lights were inoperative. The contact sprayed a lubricant onto the brake lamp switch. Three years later the failure recurred. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. There was a recall issued for other 2007 Kia model vehicles under NHTSA campaign id number 09V130000 (component: Exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch). The approximate failure mileage was 15,000...updated 01/04/13

- Naples, ID, USA

problem #1

Sep 112008


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Rio. While driving 50 mph, the contact applied the brakes many times, but the vehicle would not stop. Finally, the brakes locked up and the contact rear ended the preceding vehicle. The front end of his vehicle sustained over $5,000 in damages. None of the air bags deployed and the front passenger seat belt did not work. The front passenger was injured. A police report was filed. The contact has pictures available. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 13,000.

- Dagsboro, DE, USA

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