The redesigned Kia Rio proves to be among the better subcompacts, but it’s still basic transportation. It suffers from deficiencies endemic to this class, such as slow acceleration, a stiff ride, and a loud cabin. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission get the job done, but aren’t notable in any way.
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Aug 09, 2021
A person inside the trunk compartment may become trapped, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Forte 4-door, Forte Koup 2-door, and 2018-2019 Rio 4-door vehicles. The trunk latch may become damaged, preventing the opening of the trunk from the inside. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 401, "Internal Trunk Release."
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the trunk latch assembly, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 5, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC216.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V622000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 253074
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