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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 142016


  • 78,000 miles


I was driving in the rain, going about 55-60 mph, when all of a sudden the car in front of me slammed on its brakes and attempted to make a left turn (like they almost missed the street and tried to compensate last minute) I slammed on the breaks but could not stop in time and hit the car in front of me. The seatbelt didn't catch, nor did the airbag deploy, and my head hit the steering wheel, chin first.

- Marianna, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 022012


  • 1,000 miles
The seat belt would often lock up when on the driver/passenger, which would prevent the occupants from moving. Also, the seatbelt would often lock up in the resting position, which would prevent an occupant from putting on the seatbelt upon entering the car. The car had been taken to a Kia dealership two times before they replaced the seatbelt.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #1

Jan 162013


  • 12,000 miles
We ran into a telephone poll at about 25 miles an hour and the air bags did not deploy and seat belts did not look, passenger hit the windshield with head and driver hit his chest into the steering wheel and hurt chest.

- Campbell, CA, USA

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