• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Car Recall

Kia Recalls Rio to Address Airbag Sensor

RELATED READING
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Infiniti cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION
2006 Kia Rio

author photo by Nick Palermo
  • Up to 72,568 vehicles potentially could be affected
  • Normal wear could damage a sensor that shuts off the passenger's-side airbag when a child is occupying the seat
  • Airbag deployment could injure a child passenger, although no such instances have been reported

Kia has initiated a voluntary recall of 2006-08 Rio vehicles to replace a faulty airbag sensor. The sensor is part of the car's occupant classification system (OCS), which shuts off the front passenger airbag when a child occupies the seat.

In a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia said that normal wear could cause cracking in the passenger OCS sensor mat, resulting in failure. Without a functional OCS sensor mat, the passenger airbag could deploy in a crash and potentially injure a young passenger. Kia said no undesired airbag deployments or injuries have been reported to date.

The recall includes 72,568 vehicles, but Kia said it does not know how many of those have cracked because of fatigue. A malfunctioning OCS sensor mat will trigger an airbag light on the instrument panel, though. To ensure availability of parts, owners of recalled vehicles that have the airbag light on will be serviced first. Kia intends to replace the mats with a sturdier part.

This recall is the first for any 2006-08 model Kia Rio.

Kia will begin notifying both dealers and owners in July. Kia says a second notification date will be scheduled later, pending further information from the parts supplier. For more information, the NHTSA's website lists all automotive recalls. Search safercar.gov for the Kia Rio recall using campaign identification code 12V244000.

What it means to you: Owners of a Kio Rio from 2006-08 model years will be notified next month of the recall. Until then, keep kids in the back, especially if the airbag light on the instrument panel comes on.

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2001 Kia Rio Sedan
Used 2001 Kia Rio
$2,900
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2014 Kia Rio LX Sedan
Used 2014 Kia Rio
$11,991
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2013 Kia Rio LX
Used 2013 Kia Rio
$9,591
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2015 Kia Rio LX Sedan
New 2015 Kia Rio
MSRP $16,105
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
Kia Recalls Rio to Address Airbag Sensor