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Steering issue sparks Kia Soul recall

In extreme circumstances, the fault could cause the car’s steering to fail.

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Thousands of Kia Soul mini MPV models are being recalled over a potential steering fault.

The brand says that in extreme circumstances the fault could cause the car’s steering to fail.

Affected models were built between 18th January 2014 and 30th September 2015, with 5,707 sold in the UK. Kia says that an adhesive with insufficient bonding strength was used during assembly and 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.

Kia adds that there is presently no evidence of the potential defect causing any injuries or accidents to any customers in the UK or globally, and no Kia Soul customers have reported problems in this area.

Kia Motors UK will notify owners of affected cars using post and email, suggesting they take their vehicle to their nearest Kia dealership where the pinion plug will be secured or replaced, usually within one hour and at no cost to the owner.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.