Recall Alert: 2014-2016 Kia Soul, Soul EV

16_Kia_Soul_Recall.jpg 2016 Kia Soul; | Manufacturer image

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 260,000 model-year 2014-16 Kia Soul hatchbacks and Soul EVs manufactured between Jan. 18, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015

The Problem: The adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and may separate from the assembly; this would cause a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Kia will inspect and, if necessary, replace the pinion plug that secures the pinion gear; dealers will also install a set bolt for additional reinforcement. The repairs will be done free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Dec. 22. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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