really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,714 miles

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2006 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012010

Rio 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Component: Air bags:frontal details: The drivers side airbag in my 2006 Kia Rio is apparently not working. Its warning light came on a little over a year ago, and has remained as such for ever.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Mar 152010

Rio 4-cyl

  • miles
The driver's side airbag in my 2006 Kia Rio is apparently not working. Its warning light came on a little over a year ago, and has remained as such for ever.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 222011

Rio 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
2006 Rio passenger side safety airbag sensor is defective. Mine was replaced under warranty twice and now it is out for a third time. They want $871 to fix it. If you search on the internet thousands of people are experiencing the exact same thing. Airbag light comes on, Kia says it is a defective sensor in the passenger seat. The passenger airbag will not work with this issue and you cannot sell or inspect vehicle.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 292010


  • 49,000 miles


My daughter was a passenger in 2006 Kia Rio, restrained with seatbelt. Head on collision occurred, driver's air bag deployed, he sustained a broken ankle. Passenger air bag did not deploy, she had a subdural hematoma, internal injuries, chance fracture L3, compression fracture L4 of her spine, broke both legs. She was trapped in the car. Roof had to be cut off to remove her. Accident occurred 9/29/10 in Indiana she was air lifted, required 3 surgeries, hospitalized for 4 weeks.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 102010

Rio 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
My 2006 Kia Rio air bag light has come on & stayed on. Diagnoses-inoperative seat air bag mat. To repair, the cost would be $1000 with taxes. I have investigated this problem through the internet and have found that this is also a common problem with many Kia vehicles causing some air bags to not deploy at all.

- Chapel Hill, TN, USA

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problem #2

Feb 262010


  • miles
Driver side air bag sensor.

- Marysville, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 072006


  • miles
Passenger air bag light randomly comes on with adult passenger in seat indicating that air bag not properly functioning. Occurs approximately 4 times per year. Dealership has replaced sensor, battery, seat cushion and then told us that they could not duplicate the problem and therefore could not fix it (car has been in for this service 4 different times).no event has occurred however fear of an accident occurring without proper release of air bag resulting in possible serious injury or death. Car taken in 05/22/08, service department observed light on indicating airbag was off with adult passenger in seat and asked us to return at another time for an appointment, would not give us documentation of visit. 2 complaints have been made with corporate Kia and still the problem exists.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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