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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

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2009 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #2

May 032010


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rio. While driving approximately 50 mph on a wet road, the contact attempted to make a turn, lost control of the vehicle, and the left side collided into a wall. None of the air bags deployed. The contact suffered bruises on her leg, arms and the passenger suffered back pain. Before the failure occurred, the contact previously rear ended another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The dealer stated that the air bags would not deploy if the collision was not frontal. The contact planned to call the manufacturer when the complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 12,000.

- Whitley City , KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 152009


  • 0 miles
Passenger air bag does not activate when an adult passenger is in the vehicle's passenger seat. Passenger air bag remains "off". malfunction occurs on an intermittent basis.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

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