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2014-2016 Kia Soul recalled for potential steering failure

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On: Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 12:56PM | By: Teddy Field


2014-2016 Kia Soul recalled for potential steering failure

The Kia Soul is an automotive fashion statement, that's adored by grandmothers and their grandkids alike. But that funky four-wheel hamster might become death trap, if you suddenly lose control of the steering. So if you own a Kia Soul, you might want to check this out...

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Kia, the adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may fail. If this happens, the steering will suddenly stop working, and the driver could have a serious accident. The problem affects some 256,459 2014-2016 Kia Soul hatchbacks sold in the U.S.

Kia said that they're aware of five warranty claims related to the problem, but no deaths or injuries have been reported. The recall will officially begin on December 22, at which point Kia dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the pinion plug that secures the pinion gear. Dealers will also install a set bolt for additional reinforcement. These repairs will of course, be performed free of charge.

For more information on NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V736000, you can call Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542 (Kia's number for this recall is SC125). Or you can contact NHTSA directly, at 1-888-327-4236.


Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2015

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V736000

Component(s): STEERING

Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

SUMMARY:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles manufactured January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the pinion gear separates, there would be a loss of steering which could increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the pinion plug that secures the pinion gear. Dealers will also install a set bolt for additional reinforcement. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 22, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC125.

NOTES:
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.safercar.gov.




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