Kia recalls almost 260,000 Soul models over steering system issues image

Kia has informed The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over a steering system problem found on its Soul crossover.

After so many recalls have lately occurred in the automotive industry, another one should not be a surprise for anyone. Kia has issued a notice to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in which the automaker has informed the Agency about a potential steering system issue on its small crossover model, Soul. Kia says that a defective part of the steering gear could cause a major fail on the steering system of the car. 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. If this happens, there would be a loss of steering, which could increase the risk of a crash.

The issue affects certain model year 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles manufactured January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015, of which about 256,000 were sold in the United States. Kia says 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, as the recall is expected to begin on December 22. Five cars have been brought in to dealers for warranty claims related to the problem, but no accidents have so far been reported. It is not the first recall over steering-related issues this year. Toyota recalled about 110,000 late-model Camry, Camry hybrid, Highlander, Highlander hybrid and RAV4 earlier in the year for power steering failure, and Ford recalled nearly 200,000 Explorer SUVs over a steering gear problem.

Via The Detroit Bureau