Steering Concerns Prompt Recall of SUVs from Kia Motors
Kia Motors America is issuing a recall for vehicles with potentially compromised steering capabilities.
The automaker is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles. 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 two pieces may separate.
If the pinion gear separates, there would be a loss of steering which could increase the risk of a crash.
Kia is including about 256,000 vehicles in this recall.
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 with questions about the recall can contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542.