Kia Soul EV Recalled For Possible Fault With Steering Gear

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 21

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Certain Kia Soul EVs manufactured from January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015 are being recalled due to adhesive not being of suitable strength. The “adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly.”

If the pinion gear did separate, total loss of steering would be the result.

More details on the recall posted below:

RECALL Subject : Steering Gear may Separate
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V736000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 256,459

Soul EV Recall

Soul EV Recall

Chronology of problem:

Soul Recall Chronology

Soul Recall Chronology

 

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21 responses to "Kia Soul EV Recalled For Possible Fault With Steering Gear"

  1. ffbj says:

    Wow. Should have used Elmer’s.

    1. ffbj says:

      Oops. I mean should not have used Elmer’s.

      1. Eric Loveday says:

        Just put some duct tape on it and it’ll hold together.

        1. Londo Bell says:

          That’s not MacGyver’ing it.

          Swiss Army Knife, in your pocket, to cut off a piece of cloth, from your clothing, and wrap around it.

          No, better yet, cut off one of the plastic tubing or seat belt, and tie it.

          1. sven says:

            You’re right. That’s not MacGyver’ing it; that’s MacGruber’ing it.

              1. Londo Bell says:

                The RIGHT way to do it – now with BRAKES AND STEERING

                http://www.cbs.com/shows/macgyver/video/1158817531/macgyver-no-brakes/

                So, the next time this happens, I guess that you can do it in reverse; companion to ride recommended.

                Oh, the memories…

                1. ffbj says:

                  That was so bad. I mean they are going 140 mph
                  with no brakes, and roll through the pop-up guard post around 25 mph.
                  Oh the continuity.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    I had handlebars break off my bicycle once, but this wouldn’t end like Benny Hill.

  3. Kaleb says:

    I find it concerning they used glue on such a critical part.

  4. Alonso Perez says:

    Wait, what? They use >glue< for a critical steering connection? Is this a common thing?

    1. sven says:

      It’s not what you think. It’s the threadlocker adhesive applied to a bolt’s threads to prevent a bolt from loosening as a result of vibration, spinning, movement, etc. It’s used in all engines, motors, transmission, transaxles, steering assemblies, etc.

      From the Soul Recall Chronology above:

      “October 12-21, 2015: KMC conducts inspection and analysis of KMA warranty return parts and concludes that a THREAD LOCKING ADHESIVE of insufficient bonding strength had been applied.”

      1. Alonso Perez says:

        I understand and thanks for the explanation. Still, I would have thought that a steering assembly would be fail-safe, because it is so critical.

        1. Londo Bell says:

          Actually, no. Metal adhesives are commonly used, and they have been available for a long while. Henkel, for example, makes these adhesives worldwide.

          These adhesives have better strength than bolts or rivets in many cases. The adhesives are also much lower cost and much lighter to be transported or used (for, say car). In fact, that’s how cars are able to reduce weight nowadays – using adhesives, rather than bolts.

  5. Bob says:

    No problem, because ist a compliance car only a few thousand cars :-). Or also the gasoline Soul ?

    1. Open-Mind says:

      All 2014-2015 Souls are affected. About 260,000 of them, I’ve read.

  6. sven says:

    It’s not what you think. It’s the threadlocker adhesive applied to a bolt’s threads to prevent a bolt from loosening as a result of vibration, spinning, movement, etc. It’s used in all engines, motors, transmission, transaxles, steering assemblies, etc.

    From the Soul Recall Chronology above:

    “October 12-21, 2015: KMC conducts inspection and analysis of KMA warranty return parts and concludes that a THREAD LOCKING ADHESIVE of insufficient bonding strength had been applied.”

  7. Jeff Songster says:

    Sounds like it should be ok once they retighten and re apply better thread lock adhesive… and then the real guarantee that it won’t happen again… they are adding a pin… probably through a newly drilled hole in shaft… so it physically can’t come off completely even if the adhesive fails again.

    The good news for KIA here so far is that no one has lost vehicle control yet. That could easily be tragic.

    Nice car otherwise… My wife and I drove and liked it before we bought another Nissan LEAF instead… KIA should be glad they caught this soon enough.

  8. ffbj says:

    Apparently this is a problem that they have been having for years. At least 4 years or so, many complaints, little action.

  9. SJC says:

    Not a lot of confidence in a car that GLUES the steering together.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      It is a Kia.

      What do you expect?