In Time for Halloween, Kia to Harvest 340,000 Souls

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
in time for halloween kia to harvest 340 000 souls

Halloween is coming up and Kia is getting into the spirit of things by harvesting a few Souls. Over 300,000 of them, to be exact.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pinion gear in certain 2014 – 2016 Kia Souls and Soul EVs is at risk of separating from the steering assembly.

The pinion plug on 342,381 Kia Souls and Soul EVs manufactured between July 21st, 2013 and September 30th, 2015 may not be secured correctly, says the NHTSA. If the pinion gear separates, there is an excellent chance that steering will be lost. In the understatement of the year, the federal agency states that the loss of steering will increase the risk of a crash. Thanks for that helpful tip, NHTSA.

Kia will notify owners of the affected vehicles by mail. They can bring their car to a dealer for inspection where the garage will either secure the pinion plug or replace the steering gear assembly, whichever is necessary, free of charge. Drivers may hear a clunking noise from the steering rack while turning the steering wheel. Not sure if your Soul is at risk of losing its steering? Bring it to the dealer just to be sure.

Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. To speed the process along, it will be helpful for Soul owners to know that Kia’s number for this recall is SC155. Kia is not aware of any injuries associated with the issue, according to a company statement given to the industry publication Automotive News. It estimated that 1 percent of the vehicles in the recall could have the defect.

This same flaw was identified in November 2015, at which time Kia performed repairs on affected vehicles. Attentive owners of the affected model who already paid for a repair should be reimbursed by Kia.

Last year, Kia sold 145,768 of the subcompact machines in the United States, only 1,365 fewer than in 2015 — the model’s best year since its introduction. For the 2018 model year, the Soul makes like Prince and changes its top trim level into a symbol. The ! (“Exclaim”) model is available with Kia’s 1.6L turbocharged mill, making over 200 horsepower.

The recall is expected to begin November 16th, 2017.

[Image: Kia Motors]

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  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Oct 26, 2017

    Husband in an unhappy marriage, but can't afford a divorce: "Honey, the Kia needs a service can you drop it off on your way to work tomorrow? The mechanic said to bring it in fully warmed up so don't be afraid to really put it through its paces on the way, and ignore that clicking sound when you turn the wheel - the mechanic said they all do that."

  • Eyeofthetiger Eyeofthetiger on Oct 26, 2017

    Aye, the haggis is in the fire for sure.

  • Wolfwagen I always thought the HRV and CHR looked similar and ugly and unuseful
  • DedBull How much of that debt is directly tied to their purchase of ADESA? While wholesale volumes are down, the dealer auction is still a backbone of the used automotive industry. I assume ADESA was a functional and profitable business before it's acquisition. Break it back off, with some amount of it's debt following, and start shrinking the retail side until it is stable.
  • Jon This does not seem like anything new for Oxford. In my one visit to England 10 years ago I received a random bill from the rental car agency for a ticket long after I had come home. I was driving in Oxford, made a wrong turn, and needed to turn around. The street ended at a cross street so the only way to do so was to cross over a "bus gate" which was just some lettering painted on the street. I think it was a weekend and there was no traffic, no busses around, etc. I drove over it made my u-turn and drove back down the road I was on. I did not continue on in a bus lane or cause harm or danger to anyone. One of their cameras caught my error and sent a hefty fine. After I received it I did some research and found many folks complaining of the same thing after visits to Oxford.
  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.