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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Kia Rio steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 252010


  • 46,400 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Rio. While she was making a left turn at a stop sign the tie rod and ball joints broke off of the vehicle. She stated that the vehicle turned in the opposite direction when the failure occurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to be repaired but they stated that they needed to contact the manufacturer. A representative from the Kia manufacturer inspected the failure and stated she must have crashed into something. The manufacturer refused to repair the vehicle. She will contact the insurance company. The failure and current mileages were 46,400.

- Fairmont, NC, USA

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