Notes: The only reason we don't give the 2011 Kia Rio our top award is because of mediocre crash test ratings.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,266 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Kia Rio seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2011 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 172014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


My son was involved in an accident where he rear ended the car in front of him at approximately 35 to 40 mph. The airbag in the steering wheel did not deploy!! luckily, he was wearing his seat belt and suffered bruising on his hip and shoulder. I would like to know why the airbags did not deploy. I have viewed other reports online that reported the same thing where the bags did not deploy....updated 01/07/15

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 282014


  • 40,828 miles
I was in collision on 3/28. I hit another car from the back. The airbags did not deploy. I hit my head on the steering wheel. I had my seat belt on. I was sent to the hospital via ambulance. The car was a total loss. Updated 07/16/14 updated 3/17/2015

- New London, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 252012


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Kia Rio. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the passenger seat air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 32,000.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 102011


  • miles
Volpe tech refresh test

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 062011


  • 14,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Kia Rio. While driving 70 mph the vehicle crashed into the rear of a truck but the frontal air bags did not deploy. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage. There were no injuries. Police report #tx116X0irx001 was filed. The vehicle was towed by the insurance company. The dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,500.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

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