Kia Motors UK is recalling more than 5,000 Soul and Soul EV vehicles because of the potential for the steering to fail.
The affected cars were built between January 18, 2014 and September 30, 2015, as a “precautionary measure”.
Kia has discovered that an adhesive with insufficient bonding strength was used during assembly. It may cause a pinion plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly to loosen. If the plug loosens sufficiently, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly, which could cause a loss of steering.
All affected vehicles will be repaired at no expense to the owner and the process will begin immediately.
Kia Motors UK will notify owners by post and email, suggesting they take their vehicle to their nearest Kia dealership where the pinion plug will be secured or replaced, ordinarily within one hour.
At present there is no evidence of this potential defect causing any injuries or accidents to any customers. There have also been no reports or complaints of vehicle defects from any Kia Soul customers relating to this issue.