Kia Recalls 340,000 Souls For A Second Time Because The First Fix Maybe Didn't Work

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Kia Motors announced a second recall in the U.S. for more than 340,000 Souls, after it was discovered an initial repair for a steering defect may not have fixed the issue.

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The recall affects certain model year 2014-2016 Soul and Soul EVs, made between July 21, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2015. The pinion plug could allow a pinion gear to separate from the steering assembly, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“If the pinion gear separates,” the report says, “steering will be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The recall is expected to begin mid-November, and Kia will inspect the part and repair it for free, NHTSA says.

Kia isn’t aware of any injuries stemming from the issue, according to a company statement provided to Automotive News. The first repairs, conducted in late 2015, might’ve been performed incorrectly, Kia told the news outlet.

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Though Kia might be coming for your Soul now, take solace in the fact it will reimburse anyone who paid for the initial repair, reports Automotive News.

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