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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2002 Kia Rio

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2002 Kia Rio, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02009

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: July 02, 2002
    • Date Closed: July 02, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: This investigation identified a total of 82 reports alleging non-deployment of the dual front air bags.of the 82 reports, only one incident, the fatal crash that was the basis for opening the investigation, has been identified as a moderate to severe crash in which the automotive restraint controller issued a command to deploy but the air bags did not deploy.a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will take further action if warranted by the circumstances. See attached summary report

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