Notes: The only reason we don't give the 2008 Kia Rio our top award is because of poor side & rear crash test ratings.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Kia Rio brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 102009


  • 19,000 miles


Excessive brake fade when there is three adults in vehicle. Happens either when it is warm, cold, raining, dry, flat or going downhill. Took vehicle to dealer and they could not duplicate problem.

- Lambertville, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 162009


  • 10,000 miles
I was backing out of my driveway and the car would not stop although I was pressing the brake. The car crossed the street behind my house and finally crashed into a group of trees. I think that the throttle got stuck, but I'm not sure why it happened. The car was totaled and ended up being taken to the junk yard.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052009


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Rio. While driving approximately 35-40 mph on normal road conditions; an aggressive and forceful pressure was applied to the brake pedal to avoid striking two deer in the road. Suddenly, the brakes locked without warning and the vehicle began to skid sideways. There were no personal injuries or damages. The vehicle resumed to normal operation with caution. An authorized technician cleaned the service brakes; although, he was unable to duplicate the failure. This failure has occurred on three occasions for identical failures which there were no resolutions. The vehicle has not been repaired.the failure mileage was 9,000 and the current mileage was 14,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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