Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The only reason we don't give the 2008 Kia Rio our top award is because of poor side & rear crash test ratings.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,600 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Kia Rio engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 122012

Rio 4-cyl

  • miles


After fillup the gas tank car shake and die when runing on the highway. This is the 2nd car doing the same thing.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 052010


  • 69,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Rio. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The contact drove home and noticed that the splash guard under the vehicle had melted. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who stated that two coil packs failed which caused the engine to pump raw fuel into the exhaust system. Both the coil packs and catalytic converter were replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 69,200.

- Hazelgreen, AL, USA

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