Recall Alert: 2006-08 Kia Rio

Kia is recalling 72,568 model-year 2006-08 versions of the Rio subcompact car due to problems with the airbag’s occupant-sensing system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were built from Feb. 20, 2005, through Dec. 9, 2007. In the affected vehicles, occupant sensor mat for the front passenger seat might crack, causing the occupant-sensing system to malfunction. If the system can’t detect if a child is in the passenger seat and the airbag deploys, the child faces a higher risk of injury.  There have been “no reports of undesired airbag deployments or injuries,” Kia said.

Kia will notify owners in July, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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I remember i promotion a few years back where you would get a free Rio with the purchase of a Amanti I think. I wonder how many are still on the road.


My 2008 Chevy Aveo has this problem, I found out that Aveo's were based from the Kia Rio and actually a co-op car made between Kia and Chevy so I would think Chevy SHOULD recall the aveo's for this same reason- will they? NO.


The Aveo was actually made by Daewoo, not Kia.

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