Kia Motors America is recalling more than 255,000 Kia Soul and Soul electric vehicles because a problem in the steering assembly can cause a loss of steering and increase the risk of a crash. Model year 2014 to 2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles manufactured between January 2014 and September 2015 are affected by the recall. The recall stems from a problem with the adhesive used to attach the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly. The adhesive might not be strong enough and, as a result, can allow the pinion gear to separate from the assembly. If this happens, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that there would be a loss of steering that could increase the risk of an accident.
Vehicle owners will be notified by Kia to have their vehicles inspected. The pinion plug will be replaced, if necessary, at no expense to the owner, and dealers will also install a set bolt to provide additional reinforcement. According to documents submitted with the recall, several dealers opened case reports associated with the steering gear assembly in early September. After inspecting the parts, the automaker concluded that the adhesive didn’t have a sufficient bonding strength. Kia decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall on Oct. 29, according to the attachment, though it said no accidents or injuries had been reported.
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