Several units of the 2014 Kia Soul will be the subject to a recall which has been recently announced because of a steering system problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that several model year 2014 Kia Soul models have a problem with the plug which is securing the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly. According to the NHTSA, this may become loose because of the improper application of the adhesive during the assembly process, causing a loss of steering and increasing the risk of a crash.
“In the affected vehicles, the plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may loosen due to an improper application of thread-locking adhesive during the assembly process. As a result, the pinion gear can separate from the steering gear assembly, causing a loss of steering, thereby increasing the risk of a crash”, says the NHTSA.
The affected Kia Soul models have been produced between July 21, 2013, and January 17, 2014. The company’s dealers will be inspecting the vehicles and replacing the pinion plug with a new one, free of charge. The recall will begin this month. For any extra details on the subject, owners can contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.