2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Steering Issue

By | July 18, 2014
Kia is recalling certain 2014 Soul vehicles due to concerns that the steering rack may fall apart. Models affected by the recall include those manufactured between July 21, 2013 and January 17, 2014. This recall covers a total of 51,641 vehicles. "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," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. Because of the problem, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly. This may result in the loss of steering, which ultimately increases the risk of an accident. No accidents or injuries connected to the recall have been reported so far, however.
Kia first investigated the pinion gear problem back in April, responding to a dealer request. After receiving three warranty claims, Kia decided in June to recall the vehicles. Kia dealerships will replace the faulty pinion plug with a new plug, all without passing along any cost to owners. This recall begins this month. Owners of affected models can contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542 referencing recall SC108. For more information on all vehicle recalls in the U.S., visit www.safercar.gov. Source: NHTSA