Kia Niro: Driving your vehicle / Trailer Towing

If you are considering towing with your vehicle, you should first check with your country's Department of Motor Vehicles to determine their legal requirements.

Since laws vary the requirements for towing trailers, cars, or other types of vehicles or apparatus may differ. We recommend that you ask an authorized Kia dealer.

WARNING - Towing a trailer

If you don't use the correct equipment and/or drive improperly, you can lose control when you pull a trailer. For example, if the trailer is too heavy, the brakes may not work well - or even at all. You and your passengers could be seriously or fatally injured. Pull a trailer only if you have followed all the steps in this section.

WARNING - Weight limits

Before towing, make sure the total trailer weight, GCW (gross combination weight), GVW (gross vehicle weight), GAW (gross axle weight ) and trailer tongue load are all within the limits.

✽ NOTICE - For Europe

CAUTION

Pulling a trailer improperly can damage your vehicle and result in costly repairs not covered by your warranty. To pull a trailer correctly, follow the advice in this section.

Your vehicle can tow a trailer. To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle, you should read the information in “Weight of the trailer” that appears later in this section.

Remember that trailering is different than just driving your vehicle by itself. Trailering means changes in handling, durability, and fuel economy. Successful, safe trailering requires correct equipment, and it has to be used properly.

This section contains many time-tested, important trailering tips and safety rules. Many of these are important for your safety and that of your passengers. Please read this section carefully before you pull a trailer.

Load-pulling components such as the engine, transaxle, wheel assemblies, and tires are forced to work harder against the load of the added weight. The engine is required to operate at relatively higher speeds and under greater loads. This additional burden generates extra heat. The trailer also considerably adds wind resistance, increasing the pulling requirements.

Carry emergency equipment
Depending on the severity of the weather, you should carry appropriate emergency equipment. Some of the items you may want to carry include tire chains, tow straps or chains, flashlight, emergency ...

Hitches
✽ NOTICE - Location of trailer mounting The mounting hole for hitches are located on both sides of the underbody behind the rear tires. It's important to have the correct hitch equipment. ...

Other information:

Kia Niro (DE HEV) Owners Manual: Warning type
If an approaching vehicle detected by sensors, the warning is chime and the warning light will blink on the outside rearview mirror. If the detected vehicle is out of detection range, moving away in the opposite direction or moving slow, the warning is cancelled. The system may no ...

Kia Niro (DE HEV) Owners Manual: Seat belt restraint system
WARNING For maximum restraint system protection, the seat belts must always be used whenever the vehicle is moving. Seat belts are most effective when seatbacks are in the upright position. Children age 12 and under must always be properly restrained. If a child over 12 must be seated ...

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