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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Kia Rio lights problems

lights problem

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2008 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182015


  • 96,000 miles


Brake lights stopped working. Replaced bulbs and checked fuse but still nothing. Good samaritan pulled up next to me at a red light to let me know, luckily there was no accident and I was only a few blocks from home.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
My brake lights will not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed. Thankfully, I had a friend following me to notice the problem, or else this could have led to an accident.

- New Albany, OH, USA

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