fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 302005

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles


The contact stated the rear seat belts no longer retracted. When she tried to use the seat belts they became stuck, and would not move nor retract enough to lock into the buckle. The dealer replaced the seat belt retractors. The seat belts were not covered under the warranty of the vehicle.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #4

Aug 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact stated that both rear seat belts were not properly working. When the consumer tried to use the seat belts they will not extract enough to attach to the buckle. Consumer had an appointment with dealer on Tuesday to have the vehicle serviced. T consume never had to use the rear seat belts until recently. Therefore, she did not know if there were prior problems with the rear seat belts. Upon inspection underneath the seats there was no additional lap webbing connected to the seat belt.

- Bedford Heights, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 082005


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The webbing on the passenger side seat belt frayed and the latch on the rear middle seat belt came off.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #2

Apr 202003

Rio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
My drivers rear seatbelt keeps coming apart have had it changed six times inside osf two years and am now fighting to get it warented as a saftey defect because I have now reached 60,000 miles. I want this to be investigated as I am aware of the fact there are several others with same issue. This car is not safe for children. Dealer says car seat but I swear to anyone there is no car seat on that side of car even if there was car seat belts are supposed to hold with out the webbing fraying.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 282003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving airbag light illuminated. Took vehicle to dealer, who stated that air bags were inoperable, and would not deploy. Air bag module needed to be replaced. Also, rear seat belt on driver's side did not operate properly, half of the belt was torn.

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

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