2010 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,408 miles

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2010 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

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2010 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 182015


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Kia Rio. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, attempting to avoid hitting a deer, the vehicle crashed into a ditch. In addition, the contact crashed into a garage and another vehicle parked in the garage. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a back injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Perry, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 272014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
We were involved in an accident where we rear ended another vehicle. The other car was at a standstill and we hit them at about 30 mphs. The driver and myself both had seat belts. The driver injuries her left knee. The airbags did not deploy. I think that if they did her knee might not have been injured because she would not have slid forward upon impact..

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 302014

Rio 4-cyl

  • miles
Traffic came to a sudden stop, I could not stop in time. I hit the tires of a semi trailer, that collision threw me down an embankment where I hit a tree head on. The air bags did not deploy.

- Prescott, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 052013

Rio 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Kia Rio. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle rolled over and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The contact stated the vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where the dealer advised that an investigator would inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- Carthage, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 192013


  • 59,874 miles
On February 19, 2013 I was in a collision I hit the car from behind and totaled the front end of my car none of the airbags deployed leaving me with neck and back injuries. I want to know why they didn't deploy and why isn't or wasn't there a recall because this is not the first reported incident of no deployment of airbags. My car is 2 years old and this is the first collision that I have ever had and for the airbags to have not deployed leaves me with a lot of concerns. My father is actually having me consider a lawsuit due to the airbags not deploying. Im hoping this will help someone else because my wreck was pretty serious and I also had my kids in the car with me at the time.

- Memphis, TN, USA

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problem #2

Jun 012012


  • 52,980 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Rio. The contact stated that while sitting at a traffic stop, a tractor trailer crashed into the vehicle from the rear. The air bags did not deploy. The passenger sustained injuries to the neck and shoulders and the driver sustained back injuries. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 52,980.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 242011

Rio 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
My 20 year old brother was on his way home and lost control on black ice trying to avoid a dog. He began to swerve and spun out, resulting in a single flip into a ditch. The front end of my vehicle is completely destroyed and believed to be totaled. The car landed on the passenger side head-first in the ditch. Not a single airbag deployed. I bought this vehicle for it's safety features considering the weather where I live. If I had taken my 5 month old daughter to town (which I was planning to do after my brother returned home), I honestly believe she wouldn't have survived if I had been in a similar situation to my brother's. I have owned the car for a few months and it had less than 10,000 miles when I bought it.

- Ketchikan, AK, USA

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