Kia Motors America is recalling more than 250,000 Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV vehicles from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may suffer from a steering problem that could dramatically increase the risk of accidents and injuries.
The problem is rooted in the adhesive that Kia used to attach the Soul's steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly. NHTSA reports that the adhesive may not be strong enough to hold the two components together, and if they separate, the vehicle will become difficult to control.
Thankfully, though Kia has received five complaints about the problem from owners, the automaker knows of no accidents or injuries associated with it.
The recall affects 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles built between January 18, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Kia estimates that 256,459 vehicles in the U.S. are affected.
Kia says that it will mail recall notices to owners no later than December 22, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Kia dealers, who will inspect the steering assembly and replace the pinion plug that holds the pinion gear in place, if necessary. For further reinforcement, NHTSA says that Kia dealers also plan to install a set bolt.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and ask about recall SC125. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign 15V736000.