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 2009 Kia Rio our top award is because of poor side & rear crash test ratings.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
826 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.

2009 Kia Rio electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 012009


  • 826 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rio. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. Following the initial failure, the seat belt and air bag indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions. The dealer stated that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The dealer then stated that they could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 826.

- Parish, AL, USA

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