128,000-Plus 2014 Kia Souls Recalled Over Front Airbag Issue

kia-soul-2014-exterior-side-profile-oem 2014 Kia Soul | Manufacturer image

In what ends up having the same consequences as a similar recall issued in late January, Kia is issuing a new recall to repair more than 128,000 Kia Soul hatchbacks to prevent the malfunction of frontal airbags — but for the opposite reason.

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Affected are some 128,300 model-year 2014 Souls. Unlike the January recall that involved the airbag control unit cover contacting a memory chip and damaging the electrical circuits of a vehicle population that included later-model (2017-19) Souls and Soul EVs, the issue here is that the airbag control unit loses communication — this time with the front impact sensors. In both instances, though, the result for an occupant is the same: The airbag may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

To resolve the issue, dealers will update the airbag control unit software for free. Kia will begin notifying owners April 15, but those with additional questions can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, or visit NHTSA’s website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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